Washington, DC, United States (4E) – Two Secret Service agents were removed from their White House duty for alleged sexual misconduct, according to a report by the Washington Post.
The newspaper identified the disciplined agents as supervisors Ignacio Zamora Jr. and Timothy Barraclough. Both agents were found to have sent sexually suggestive emails to a female subordinate.
The sexting was discovered when Zamora was investigated over an incident at Washington’s luxury Hay-Adams Hotel overlooking the White House in May. That time, the off-duty Zamora met a woman at the hotel’s bar and later joined her in her room. After leaving her, he returned to the hotel telling its staff he wanted to retrieve a bullet he left in the woman’s room, according to the report. The woman, however, refused to open the door for him.
The hotel staff alerted White House leading to the investigation of Zamora in October. Upon review of his government-issued Black Berry smartphone, the inappropriate emails to the female subordinate were discovered. The female agent was also investigated and Barraclough’s emails to her were also discovered.
The agents did not answer calls and emails by the Post, which sought their comment. Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan told the Post there are isolated incidents of misconduct by agents that are resolved appropriately and quickly.
The case was the latest controversy to hit the Department of Homeland Security sub-agency primarily tasked with protecting current and past leaders and their families as well as visiting heads of state and foreign embassies. Last year, 12 Secret Service agents reportedly brought prostitutes into their hotel rooms in Cartagena, Colombia while they were preparing for duty for the Summit of the Americas. The incident led to the dismissal of nine of the agents involved in the scandal.