A supervisor within the US Secret Service who was just promoted has now been suspended for alleged sexual advances against a female member of the agency, the Washington Post reported.
Xavier Morales, who was promoted recently to the head of the Louisville field office, has been put on administrative leave and has had his security clearance suspended. A woman has accused Mr Morales of coming onto her at a party celebrating his promotion.
According to the Post, Mr Morales allegedly told the woman that he was in love with her and wanted to have sex with her. He allegedly later tried to kiss her and grabbed her arms when she resisted. The woman eventually was able to remove herself from the situation.
The party was in celebration of Morales' promotion and was held on 31 March. Secret Service Director Joe Clancy was informed on 2 April and said the accusation was disturbing.
“Any threats or violence that endangers our employees in the workplace is unacceptable and will not be tolerated,” he said in a statement. The alleged sexual advances will be investigated by the Office of the Inspector General.
These allegations are the latest embarrassment for the Secret Service in a long string of recent events that have brought criticism of the agency.
Last month, two Secret Service officials were suspended after alleged driving while under the influence of alcohol and crashing near the White House. Mr Clancy was not made aware of that incident until five days later.
In January, a drone landed on the White House lawn and former Director Julia Pierson stepped down in September after a man jumped a fence and gained access to the White House.
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