SS scandal hit Arthur Huntington who refused to pay Dania Suarez puts his house for sale
By FnF Desk
PUBLISHED: Apr 29, 2012, 13:42 pm IST | UPDATED: Apr 29, 2012, 14:11 pm
Keywords: Secret Service agent Arthur Huntington Colombian prostitution scandal Escort Dania Suarez Severna Park Maryland Enhanced standards of conduct
LA: The married Secret Service agent who allegedly sparked the Colombian prostitution scandal has been identified. Arthur Huntington, 41, from Severna Park, Maryland, spent the night with a prostitute while on duty in South America but refused to pay her what she had asked, according to CNN.
The encounter with escort Dania Suarez led to police being called to the luxury Hotel Caribe, and subsequently a major Secret Service investigation where nine agents lost their jobs.
Huntington has left the agency since the incident earlier this month, but the circumstances of his departure are unclear.
He is reportedly married with two children. His home in Severna Park reportedly went on sale last week. Ms Suarez has previously told her side of the story, saying she met Huntington and the other men in a local bar and agreed to go back to their hotel.
In the morning the hotel forced her to leave, but Huntington refused to hand over the $800 she believed she was owed.
Police were called, setting off a Secret Service investigation which involved 12 agents and another 12 members of the military and which overshadowed Barack Obama's visit to the Summit of the Americas.
The revelation came as the Secret Service circulated 'enhanced standards of conduct' from director Mark Sullivan in response to the prostitution scandal in Colombia.
The document instructed employees to 'consider your conduct through the lens of the past several weeks.'
Highlights of the guidelines included standards of conduct briefings for all protective visits and events.
Briefings by the State Department in the region for Secret Service personnel upon their arrival about areas and establishments deemed off-limits.
No foreign nationals, excluding hotel staff and official law enforcement counterparts, are allowed in hotel rooms.
Patronizing non-reputable establishments is prohibited.
Alcohol to be consumed only in moderate amounts while off duty on a (temporary) assignment and alcohol use is prohibited within 10 hours of reporting for duty.
Banning alcohol consumption at hotel once the protective visit has begun.
On at least some trips, two senior supervisors including one from the Secret Service's Office of Professional Responsibility will chaperone trips.
Their responsibilities include briefing the standards of conduct prior to the departure and enforcing the rules in-country.
To be eligible for travel, service personnel must complete relevant ethics training.
SECRET SERVICE 'ENHANCED STANDARDS OF CONDUCT' FOR OVERSEAS PROTECTIVE VISITS
* No foreigners in hotel rooms
* No patronizing non-reputable establishments
* No alcohol within 10 hours of reporting for duty
* Moderate drinking allowed during trip but only when off duty
* No alcohol to be consumed at hotel once visit has begun
* Senior supervisors will chaperone most trips
* Personnel must complete ethics training
* Briefing on conduct prior to all visits and events
* Briefing by the region's State Department on 'off-limits' areas and establishments