US service members brought prostitutes, to their hotel rooms in Colombia and also allowed dogs to soil bed linens and building grounds shortly before US President Barack Obama arrived in the country for a summit.
According to a military investigation, seven Army soldiers and two Marines have received administrative punishments for what the report described as misconduct consisting almost exclusively of patronizing prostitutes and adultery.
Three of the service members have requested courts martial, which would give them a public trial to contest the punishments. One Air Force member was reprimanded, but cleared of any violations of the US military code of justice, and final decisions are pending on two Navy sailors, whose cases remain under legal review.
US military brought prostitutes in their private rooms in Colombian hotel
Investigator’s report said, the problems involving the servicemen came to light when hotel staff complained to US officials that militants including two Marines had female guests in their rooms after 6 a.m., a violation of hotel policy.
They also complained that dog handlers allowed their dogs to sleep in beds, soil hotel linens and soil other public areas around the building. It is not clear whether the dog problems were limited to military handlers, but officials has said those issues were corrected right away.
The US military sex scandal involving the Marines Secret Service erupted after a public dispute over payment between a Secret Service agent and a prostitute at a Cartagena hotel. The Secret Service and the military were in the Colombian coastal resort to prepare for Barack Obama’s participation in a Latin American summit.
12 Secret Service employees were implicated, 8 of them ousted, 3 cleared of serious misconduct and one is being stripped of his security clearance.