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A Secret Service agent assigned to protect President Barack Obama and under investigation for an affair with a foreign national killed himself, sources within the Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department tell Capitol Hill Blue.
Rafael Prieto’s body was discovered Saturday. Secret Service spokesman Max Milien confirmed Prieto’s death Thursday but would not discuss details or confirm that the death was suicide.
Rafael Prieto has a distinguished 20-year career with the Secret Service that was marked by accomplishment, dedication, friendships and the Secret Service is mourning a valued colleague.
Prieto, however, was under an administrative investigation for having — and not reporting — a romantic relationship with a foreign national in violation of Secret Service rules.
Milien referred callers to the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, which is handling the investigation into Prieto’s death but department spokesman Gwendolyn Crump refused to discuss the case.
Prieto’s suicide once again shines the spotlight on the agency that prides itself in operating quietly and out of the public’s view. Several Secret Service agents resigned or were disciplined earlier this year after they brought prostitutes to their rooms ahead of a Presidential visit to Columbia.
Last month, a Secret Service agent passed out on a street corner and was arrested by Miami police.