A new report says as many as a dozen U.S. servicemembers brought women -- likely prostitutes -- to their hotel rooms in Colombia shortly before President Obama arrived for a summit, the Associated Press reports
The AP, which obtained a copy of the document, also reported that the military "allowed dogs to soil bed linens and building grounds" in Cartagena, Colombia.
Seven Army soldiers and two Marines have received administrative punishments for what the report called misconduct consisting "almost exclusively of patronizing prostitutes and adultery," the AP said.
Three of the servicemembers have requested courts-martial, which would give them a public trial to contest the punishments.
The scandal also implicated dozen Secret Service officers, agents and supervisors; eight were forced out of the agency, three were cleared, and at least two employees are fighting to get their jobs back.
Also from the Associated Press report on the military aspect:
According to the investigator's report, the problems came to light when hotel staff complained to U.S. officials that military members had female guests in their rooms after 6 a.m., a violation of hotel policy. They also complained that dog handlers allowed their dogs to sleep in beds, soil hotel linens and also soil other public areas around the building.
The report concluded that "the combination of unstructured free time, the prevalence of legalized prostitution and military members' individual choice to commit misconduct," were the primary causes of the bad behavior. It also found that there was no evidence that the interaction with prostitutes presented any risk to national security, and that no sensitive materials were compromised.
Prostitution is legal in Colombia but is a violation of the U.S. military code of justice. Hotels in Cartagena require that any guests, including prostitutes, must be signed in, must pay a guest fee and must leave by 6 a.m.
U.S. Southern Command, headed by Gen. Douglas Fraser, conducted the investigation into the military members' involvement in the April incident, which brought shame to the elite presidential protection force and unearthed revelations of other episodes of misconduct within the Secret Service.