Secret Service Director to resign after 30 years with agency and less than a year after Colombian prostitution scandal that involved a dozen agents

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By  Hayley Peterson

PUBLISHED: 00:00 EST, 1  February 2013 |  UPDATED: 18:51 EST, 1 February 2013

 

Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan is  retiring this month after 30 years with the agency.

Sullivan is stepping down less than a year  after the agency became embroiled in a prostitution scandal, which involved 13  agents and officers in Cartegena, Colombia ahead of a visit by President  Obama.

Sullivan, who has served as director of the  agency since 2006, was called to testify on the scandal before Congress last  year. His retirement will become effective on Feb. 23.

Retiring: Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan will retire after 30 years on with the agency 

Retiring: Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan will  retire after 30 years on with the agency

Sullivan testifies before Congress on a prostitution scandal that involved a dozen Secret Service agents in Cartagena, Colombia 

Sullivan testifies before Congress on a prostitution  scandal that involved a dozen Secret Service agents in Cartagena, Colombia

Sullivan joined the Secret Service in 1983  after three years a a special agent in the inspector general’s office at the  Department of Housing and Urban Development.

President Obama said Sullivan ‘will be  missed.’

‘I want to thank Mark Sullivan for nearly 30  years of service to our nation at the United States Secret Service, a tenure  that saw the agency protect five first families including my own,’ he said in a  statement. ‘The Secret Service is best known for protecting our nation’s  leaders, but every day they also protect the American people.

‘From securing large events such as  presidential inaugurations to safeguarding our financial system, the men and  women of the agency perform their mission with professionalism and dedication,’  the statement continued. ‘That is a testament to Mark and his steadfast  leadership, which will be missed.’

 

Sullivan tightened the agency’s code of  conduct after the Colombian prostitution scandal, which also resulted in the  firing or retirement of eight agents.

The new policies state that alcohol  consumption is only allowed in moderate amounts while off-duty and that  consumption is prohibited within 10 hours of reporting for duty.

The rules also prohibit foreign nationals  from entering an agent’s hotel room.

The scandal in Colombia happened  during a  night of heavy drinking and partying between agents and members of the military  two days before Obama’s arrival in Cartagena.

The scandal was discovered because an agent had promised Colombian escort girl Dania Londoño (pictured) $800 for sex, but then he refused to pay up, according to Londoño 

The scandal was discovered because an agent had promised  Colombian escort girl Dania Londoño (pictured) $800 for sex, but then he refused  to pay up, according to Londoño

Londoño caused a ruckus in the hotel when she wasn't payed and alerted local police to the misbehavior happening that nightLondoño caused a ruckus in the hotel when she wasn't payed and alerted local police to the misbehavior happening that night

Londoño caused a ruckus in the hotel when she wasn’t  payed and alerted local police to the misbehavior happening that night

 

This is the hotel where Secret Service agents brought their night of partying home ahead of Obama's visit to Cartagena 

This is the hotel where Secret Service agents brought  their night of partying home ahead of Obama’s visit to Cartagena

The misbehavior was discovered because an  agent had promised Colombian  escort girl Dania Londoño $800 for sex, but then  he refused to pay up,  according to Londoño.

She was one of several prostitutes that  agents and members of the military brought back to the hotel where they were  staying ahead of Obama’s visit.

Londoño caused a ruckus in the hotel when she  wasn’t payed and alerted local police to the misbehavior happening that night.

The scandal unraveled from there.

This is the Pleycub in Colombia where Secret Service agents and members of the military partied  

This is the Pleycub in Colombia where Secret Service  agents and members of the military partied

When Sullivan testified on the incident in  May, he said it was not evidence of a wider culture of boozing and paying for  sex within the agency.

‘I’m confident this is not a cultural issue.  This is not a systemic issue with us,’ Sullivan said. ‘That type of behavior was  just reckless.’

There have been more than five dozen  allegations of sexual misconduct against employees of the Secret Service in the  last five years, according to Sen. Joseph Lieberman, chairman of the Senate  Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee

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