Two Secret Service supervisors have been fired from President Obama’s detail after they were discovered sending sexually suggestive e-mails to a subordinate female agent.
The investigation started when Ignacio Zamora Jr., a senior supervisor, was discovered trying to force his way into a woman’s hotel room where he had accidentally left a bullet from his weapon.
A probe into that incident uncovered sexually suggestive emails Zamora and another supervisor, Timothy Barraclough, had sent from a government-issued Blackberry to a female subordinate.
Zamora was pulled from his position and Barraclough removed from Obama’s detail and assigned to a different part of the division, according to the Associated Press.
Zamora’s bullet incident happened at the Hay-Adams, a famous Washington hotel where the Obamas lived before the president’s first inauguration.
The Secret Service has been seeking to repair its reputation following a prostitution scandal during preparations for Obama’s trip to Cartagena, Columbia, last year, the Associated Press reports.
Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary said Wednesday that the agency was not commenting on the case, and was instead referring to its earlier statement to the Post.
“We have always maintained that the Secret Service has a professional and dedicated workforce,” the statement read. “Periodically we have isolated incidents of misconduct, just like every organization does.”