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Secret Service misconduct probe comes up dry

– Investigators reviewing allegations of misbehavior by Secret Service agents tasked with safeguarding the president and other U.S. officials found no evidence that “misconduct is widespread” or that the agency’s leadership “tolerates inappropriate behavior.”

However, the investigation by the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general, launched after several agents were caught in 2012 with Colombian prostitutes, identified a handful of other cases in which a Secret Service employee paid for sex, including one this year, officials said.

The investigation found 824 other incidents that occurred inthe past nine years, ranging from offenses such as “sleeping on the job” to “drugs and alcohol.” It found one employee whose security clearance was suspended 195 times for misconduct.

The report released Friday said the vast number of the 6,500 Secret Service employees “do not frequently engage in behavior that causes a security concern.”

The April 2012 episode in Cartagena, Colombia, occurred as agents were preparing for a visit there by President Barack Obama. Six employees ultimately resigned or retired, and four others had their security clearance revoked and were removed from the agency.

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