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article imageSecret Service agent in dispute with Colombian 'escort' named

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By JohnThomas Didymus
Apr 28, 2012 in World
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The Secret Service agent at the center of the Colombian prostitution scandal has been identified. He is Arthur Huntington, 41, of Severna Park, Maryland.
CNN reports that Huntington was the Secret Service agent at the seventh-floor hotel room in Hotel Caribe who had a dispute with Diana Suarez, 24. Suarez has since stated through her attorney that she is an escort, and not a prostitute.
According to CNN, Huntington refused to pay for "escort" service provided after a night in his room at the Hotel Caribe. Hotel officials called the police to intervene in the confrontation between the escort and her client. The incident was reported to U.S. authorities and an investigation was launched that led to at least nine Secret Service agents losing their jobs.
Huntington left the Secret Service earlier in the month but the details of the circumstances were not disclosed. CNN reports Huntington declined comment when a reporter approached him. When CNN reporter visited his home, "someone at his residence closed the door and made no comment. No one answered the door Friday or responded to phone calls. The residence was just listed for sale this week."
Patch.com reports most neighbors declined to comment and some said they did not know Huntington. But a neighbor volunteered the information that Huntington's wife ran a Bible group in the neighborhood and that the couple had two boys.CNN reports that a neighbor who described herself as a friend of the Huntingtons, said the situation was "heartbreaking." The neighbor said: "I know him and his character. I would question the allegations."
According to the Colombian escort Suarez, she met Huntington at a bar and agreed to spend the night with him at his hotel. Suarez alleges that Huntington agreed to pay her $800 for the night but in the morning when the hotel told her to leave, he refused to pay.
Secret Service releases new "enhanced standards of conduct"
The scandal that followed led to the office of the director of Secret Service Mark Sullivan, releasing a document, "enhanced standards of conduct," which advises Secret Service employees to "consider your conduct through the lens of the past several weeks."
Daily Mail reports that the guidelines for "enhanced standard of conduct" require briefings for all protective visits and events; briefings for Secret Service personnel about areas and establishments deemed off-limits. The guidelines state that no foreign nationals, excluding hotel staff and official law enforcement counterparts, are allowed in agents' hotel rooms, and prohibits agents patronizing "non-reputable establishments."
The guidelines prohibit consumption of alcohol at the hotel once protective visit begins. In certain trips, two senior supervisors, one from Secret Service's Office of Professional Responsibility, will chaperone trips, and their responsibility will include briefing Secret Service employees on the standards of conduct. It requires that for service personnel to be eligible for travel, they must complete relevant ethics training.
The KIRO report: The Colombian incident was not an isolated case
A report on other misconduct involving agencies charged with protecting the president and other top government officials has been presented to Congress. A major incident in the KIRO report occurred in El Salvador, March 2011.
According to CNN, the report gave eyewitness account of how Secret Service agents and U.S. military specialists in San Salvador, before Obama's arrival, spent three nights in a row at a strip club drinking heavily with most of them paying for access to VIP section where they enjoyed sexual services. The report said the owner of the club admitted that his club "routinely takes care of high-ranking employees of the U.S. Embassy in San Salvador as well as visiting agents from the FBI and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration."
The witness, a U.S. government contractor, said he suggested to the agents that it wasn't a "good idea" to take the strippers back to their hotel rooms, but several agents bragged that they "did it all the time."
Secret Service 'Enhanced Standards Of Conduct' for overseas protective visits
No foreigners in hotel rooms
No patronizing non-reputable establishments
No alcohol within 10 hours of reporting for duty
Moderate drinking allowed during trip but only when off duty
No alcohol to be consumed at hotel once visit has begun
Senior supervisors will chaperone most trips
Personnel must complete ethics training
Briefing on conduct prior to all visits and events
Briefing by the region's State Department on 'off-limits' areas and establishments
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