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Secret Service Agent Commits Suicide Amid Affair Investigation

A Secret Service watches as Marine One passes the Washington monument while approaching the South Lawn of the White House with US President Barack Obama on board March 22, 2012 in Washington, DC. President Obama was returning from a two-day trip to Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Ohio where he stumped the economy and energy.

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 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."

Photo: Brendan SmialowskiBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images2012 AFP