Suspended agent says he's been 'railroaded' by Secret Service

May 9, 2013 at 3:46 PM
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WASHINGTON, May 9 (UPI) -- One of 11 Secret Service agents at the center of a Colombian prostitution scandal says he and other agents have been "railroaded" and denied due process.

Gregory Stokes, one of six agents still suspended because of the April 2012 incident, says he and others deserve a hearing on whether they can get their jobs back, CBS News reported Friday.

The team of agents had been sent to Colombia in advance of President Obama's appearance at the Summit of the Americas. They invited prostitutes to their hotel rooms, an activity that was revealed after one of the prostitutes demanded more money.

Prostitution is legal in Colombia.

While the agents' behavior was "not something that meets the expectations of the American people," Stokes admits, an adjudication hearing that would determine whether the agents can return to work has been delayed.

"I was surprised to the the extent to which Sullivan's director's office would go to railroad us," Stokes said. "They are trying to put us in a sort of limbo in hopes that we'll quit and go away."

He called a report by the inspector general's office of the Department of Homeland Security a "complete whitewash" because one of the investigators was ordered by the Department of Homeland Security to blacken out some passages. He refused and was placed on administrative leave.

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