A heavily censored 229 page government published list reviews serious complaints filed against U.S. Secret Service agents since 2004.
The list of complaints was released Friday afternoon in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by several news organizations following the accusations of Secret Service involvement with prostitutes in Columbia. The complaints include allegations against Secret Service employees with the department of Homeland Security’s ethics officer, the Inspector General.
Many of the charges involved serious crimes involving public funds and sexual abuse:
- In January 2011 the New York Police department arrested an investigative support assistant on charges of sexual abuse. Although the documents did not describe how the case was resolved.
- In October 2003 an anonymous complaint was filed alleging that a Secret Service agent “may have been involved with a prostitution ring.” In 2005 another officer was arrested for solicitation in a public park. The information revealed in the list did not discuss how either cases were resolved.
- In March 2011 a complaint alleged agents with theft of public money, or embezzlement.
- Multiple allegations of sexual assault were reported.
- One agent allegedly threatened to shut down a strip club that charged $40 for lap dances and $25 for table dances.
Though the allegations are shocking, many of the allegations include incomplete information, and could be frivolous complaints. Most of the complaints did not discuss convictions for any crimes. Although, some of the reported allegations were handled through administrative disciplinary proceedings.
As a result of this information many are calling for a widespread investigation of the Secret Service’s internal operations.