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Apr 16, 2012 9:08 PM

Pentagon embarassed by Secret Service scandal

WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's top military officer says the Pentagon brass is embarrassed by allegations of misconduct against several U.S. military members.

They were allegedly involved in the goings-on at a hotel in Colombia, where 11 Secret Service agents are accused of cavorting with prostitutes.

The service members and the agents were there to prepare for President Barack Obama's visit to Colombia this past weekend.

The Secret Service sent the 11 agents home. A Pentagon spokesman says the military members who are being investigated were staying at the same hotel. Officials are now saying the number of military members involved in the scandal may be greater than the five originally cited.

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, told Pentagon reporters, "We let the boss down."

A spokesman for U.S. Southern Command says a colonel from the Southern Command staff has been sent to Colombia to investigate.

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