A Secret Service agent who covered Vice President Mike Pence's security has been put on leave after being accused of engaging with a prostitute at a hotel in Maryland.
Local police arrested the unidentified agent after which his supervisors placed him on administrative leave as investigators look into the "allegations of criminal activity," the agency confirmed, CNN reports.
The agent has been charged with soliciting, reports New York Daily News.
According to law enforcement officials, the agent was seen leaving a hotel room in plain clothes while off duty. Because the room booked was under the name of an alleged sex worker, police arrested the Secret Service agent.
The manager of the hotel alerted police to possible activity in one of the rooms of the establishment in Montgomery County, Maryland, after his suspicions were aroused.
A source connected to the case clarified the operation was not a sting and that the man was not working in his official capacity when the arrest was made.
Upon being charged with solicitation, the Secret Service agent self-reported his arrest to his supervisors at his agency.
A representative for the Secret Service, in turn, acknowledged the "alleged incident" had taken place with the said off-duty agent.
In the meantime, the Office of Professional Responsibility has launched an investigation into the matter, the representative added.
As a result of the administrative leave, the agent was obligated to hand in his official gear and weapon, and the agent's access to Secret Service facilities and security clearance has been dropped until the facts come to light, the spokesperson stated.
"We are exploring the full range of disciplinary actions," the Secret Service spokesperson said.
According to USA Today, Secret Service agents covering President Barack Obama allegedly consorted with 20 prostitutes in Cartagena, Colombia, where prostitution is legal. The agents had reportedly taken the prostitutes back to their rooms in the city.
As a result of the investigation into the scandal, eight agents ended up getting fired, although more were caught in the initial investigation.
This latest incident also recalls the removal of four senior Secret Service officials from their posts in 2015 after several high-profile security lapses, NBC News reports.
The Secret Service was originally founded in 1865 to stop the production of counterfeit money. Today, its mission is to protect high-ranking elected officials and their families, as well to protect the financial and critical infrastructure of the U.S.