A Secret Service agent charged with protecting Vice President Pence has been suspended for allegedly meeting a prostitute, according to a report.
The agency confirmed to the Daily News Wednesday that an unidentified employee had been placed on administrative leave during an investigation into “allegations of criminal activity.”
The agent was spotted leaving the room of the escort at a Maryland hotel by police late last week while he was off duty, sources told .
He was arrested and charged with solicitation before telling his bosses, the outlet reported.
The agent was “required to surrender their equipment,” lost his security clearance and lost access to all Secret Service facilities, a spokesperson told The News.
His arrest recalls one of the biggest Secret Service scandals in recent years — allegations that agents took as many as 20 prostitutes back to their hotel during a 2012 Barack Obama trip to Cartagena, Colombia, where prostitution is legal.
A dozen agents with the Secret Service were caught up in an ensuing investigation, and eight ultimately lost their jobs.
The Secret Service said it is “exploring the full range of disciplinary actions” in the current case.
This is a developing story and will be updated