By DARIUS DIXON | 4/26/12 9:52 AM EDT Updated: 4/26/12 11:53 AM EDT
The Secret Service is investigating whether its agents boozed up and allegedly paid prostitutes for sexual favors a year ago in El Salvador, just days before President Barack Obama was to visit — a second possible instance of misconduct with escorts, The Associated Press reported Thursday.
The probe will look into a Thursday report by Seattle’s KIRO TV station, a CNN affiliate, that said roughly a dozen Secret Service agents and a few military specialists regularly went to a strip club in San Salvador ahead of Obama’s trip there in March 2011, the AP said.
The KIRO report cited an undisclosed U.S. government contractor who worked with the Secret Service advance team. Obama’s trip was part of a Latin American tour that also included Brazil and Chile.
The Secret Service official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss ongoing investigations, said the agency is trying to determine whether the report is accurate, according to the AP.
The men drank heavily at the club, bragged openly about being in the Secret Service, and most of them paid for sexual favors in a VIP section, the contractor told KIRO.
“The recent investigation in Cartagena has generated several news stories that contain allegations by mostly undisclosed sources. Any information that is brought to our attention that can be assessed as credible will be followed up on in an appropriate manner,” Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary wrote in an email.