Wednesday, July 18, 2012
The members of the U.S. military who were involved in last spring's Secret Service prostitution scandal won't face criminal charges. But the seven Soldiers and two Marines who took part in the incident will be administratively punished, according to The Associated Press.
Secret service members sent to Columbia ahead of President Obama for a Latin America summit had paid for the services of prostitutes at the hotel where the summit was to take place. The scandal came to light when a Secret Service agent allegedly refused to pay one of the prostitutes.
According to the A.P.:
The military service members, all enlisted personnel, were assigned to support the Secret Service in preparations for a visit to the coastal resort of Cartagena by President Obama. All of the military had behind-the-scenes roles and were not directly involved in presidential security.
Administrative punishment in the military can vary from a letter of reprimand in a service member's file, to docking pay or denying promotion.