Secret Service Agent Commits Suicide Amid Affair Investigation

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Secret Service Agent Rafael Prieto, who was assigned to President Obama's protective detail, was found in a car parked in the garage of a D.C. apartment complex on Saturday in an apparent suicide. In the crackdown following the agency's Colombian prostitution scandal, it was discovered that Prieto was in a long-term relationship with a foreign citizen and had neglected to tell his bosses. He'd been suspended pending administrative action, but a law enforcement source said he wasn't suspected of espionage or passing information to the woman. "Rafael Prieto had a distinguished twenty year career with the Secret Service that was marked by accomplishments, dedication and friendships," said the agency. "The Secret Service is mourning the loss of a valued colleague."