In the aftermath of the Cartegena prostitution scandal, old news is making new headlines.
Ronald Kessler, author of In the President’s Secret Service: Behind the Scenes With Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect, points out that when Vice President Joe Biden tossed the first pitch at the April 6, 2009, Baltimore Orioles’ game, more than 40,000 fans were not screened, and Biden was not wearing a bulletproof vest.
He also notes that attendees are not screened at one out of every five major Presidential events.
Furthermore, he says that agents have failed firearm and fitness tests, but are allowed to write their own scores. According to Kessler, one of the President’s agents is so unconditioned that she cannot open the heavy limousine doors.
In 2002, reports reveal that agents met a 20-year-old female at a bar and invited her back to their hotel hot tub. The boyfriend of the girl, Zachary Elson, got into a confrontation with agent Kelly Ward. At some point during the argument, part of Elson’s ear was bitten off. No charges were filed at that time.
Also in 2002, there was a sexual assault case during the Winter Olympics in Provo, Utah. According to reports, three agents took three female college students to IHOP. Afterward, they went back to the agents’ hotel room. Two days later, the women came back to the hotel room and consumed massive amounts of alcohol. Allegedly, sexual assaults ensued.
According to reports, it seems that at least two, and perhaps all three, of the women may have been sexually assaulted.
Daniel “Todd” Cranor is the only agent to be identified in the case. He admits to having sex with one of the women, but he believed that it was consensual. Reportedly, Cranor gave one of the inebriated women a bath. When the other two tried to stop him, he said that his “Secret Service training taught him how to deal with these kinds of situations.”
Cranor was charged with disorderly conduct and sentenced to 30 hours of community service.