Thursday, December 5, 2013
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan says an agent was fired in 2008 after being caught in a Washington prostitution scandal.
In this Dec. 3, 2009 file photo, Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Sullivan, could have retired from government nearly 10 years ago and avoided the scandals of the White House gate crashers and, more recently, the one involving a dozen agents, officers and supervisors implicated in a prostitution case. Instead, Sullivan chose to remain in the Secret Service, where he has spent half his life. The question is, will Sullivan will be allowed to keep his job as the scandal unfolds further in coming weeks? (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, File)
Sullivan told a Senate panel that the on-duty agent was caught trying to hire an undercover police officer and was "separated from the agency" a month later.
Sullivan is testifying before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee about the Colombia prostitution scandal that erupted after an officer and a Colombia prostitute argued over payment at a Cartagena hotel last month.
In his first public statements about the scandal, Sullivan apologized for the employees' behavior.