Secret Service scandal: El Salvador incident happened a year ago, source says

Six Secret Service agents have been ousted in the wake of the scandal.

A full year before six Secret Service agents were forced out in the midst of the Colombian prostitution scandal, a Seattle TV report says that agents participated in similar activities a year before in El Salvador.

A source told KIRO-TV's Chris Halsne that majority of the Secret Service agents he dealt with during the trip to San Salvador in 2011 were "wasted" at a strip club and bragged that they "did this all the time" a full year before the most recent scandal broke.

The source told Halsne, who traveled to El Salvador to meet with him, that he told agents that it was a bad idea to take the strippers they met in the VIP section of a strip club in San Salvador back to their hotel for sex. These alleged incidents happened a full year before the most recent incidents.

In response though, the agents, who the source says were heavily intoxicated, told him "not to worry about it" before at least two agents took escorts back to their rooms at a San Salvador hotel. The story was backed up by the owner of the strip club where the agents allegedly were. He confirmed to KIRO that a large number of Secret Service agents went to his club prior to a visit by President Barack Obama in 2011.

The owner told Halsne that the agents were in his club at least three consecutive nights.

In other developments, a Brazilian prostitute plans to sue the U.S. Embassy, three Marines and a Brazilian staff member for injuries caused when she allegedly was pushed out of a van in Brasilia.

Attorney Cezar Britto says his client will sue for injuries, medical expenses and lost income.

He describes Romilda Aparecida Ferreira as a "sex professional and dancer" who met the four at a nightclub on Dec. 29, 2011.

She and three other women left with the men in three vehicles.

Britto says that after an argument, one Marine tossed her from the vehicle. She broke her collarbone, two ribs and punctured a lung.

The State Department says the woman was outside, trying to open the door of the moving vehicle. The Marines were returned home and had their ranks reduced.

Eight Secret Service agents have either resigned or have been forced out in the wake of the Colombian scandal, in which several agents allegedly brought prostitutes back to their Cartagena hotel. Twelve military personnel have been implicated. A fight over payment erupted between an agent and an escort occurred when the agent allegedly refused to pay for her services.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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