Secret Service prostitution scandal riles DC

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A prostitution scandal involving the Secret Service has grown in scope. Officials say at least 20 women had been in hotel rooms with U.S. agents and military personnel before President Barack Obama arrived in Colombia for a summit with Latin American leaders.

Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan says he has referred the matter to an independent government investigator.

The Secret Service director says about 11 Secret Service agents and 10 military personnel under investigation have given different accounts about who the women were. Lawmakers briefed on the case say some of the men acknowledge the women were prostitutes while others say they were just women they met at the hotel bar.

The White House says the Secret Service director acted quickly in response to the incident.