US Secret Service agent in White House incident retires

2015-05-14 11:47
The White House. (File, AP)

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Washington - A senior Secret Service agent accused of being drunk when he and another high-ranking agent drove through a secure area at the White House without authorisation has announced his retirement, the agency said on Wednesday.

Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy said he was "disappointed and disturbed" by the behaviour of Marc Connolly and George Ogilvie. Clancy was responding to a US Department of Homeland Security report on the incident set to be released in advance of a congressional hearing about the March 4 incident on Thursday afternoon.

The agency chief said the behaviour described in the report "is unacceptable and will not be tolerated”.

"Our mission is too important," Clancy said. "We owe it to the other 99% of Secret Service employees who perform their duties every day ethically and with dignity. The Secret Service has and will continue to institute policies and practices to address employee misconduct and demand the highest level of professionalism of all employees."

Connolly was the deputy special agent in charge of Presidential Protection Division. The Washington Post first reported his retirement.

Ogilvie, the assistant special agent in charge of the agency's Washington field office, has been placed on administrative leave, the agency said on Wednesday.

The department's inspector general has been investigating allegations Connolly and Ogilvie had been drinking when they drove into the area while on-duty officers and agents investigated a suspicious package. The agents have been accused of nudging a construction barrier with their vehicle as they intruded during an investigation of a suspicious item.

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