Nightly News | May 23, 2012
>>> the director of the united states secret service has spoken publicly for the first time since last month's misconduct scandal involving prostitutes in south america . and that hearings on capitol hill today, it was revealed that what happened there may not be the first instance of that kind of misconduct. our justice correspondent pete williams has more.
>> director mark sullivan came to apologize for a scandal that has shaken the secret service but insists his agency has no cultural problem. the dozen agents who invited prostitutes to their hotel rooms did not place bn in skiert. but senators were highly skeptical it was an isolated incident. they reveal that secret service records contain three complaints of relationships with internationals. in 2002 , at least three agents left after they were caught parties with underaged girls and one uniformed officer was fired. cartagena senator said could not be the only time agents misbehaved.
>> this is like a wound to a body. we have to get in it, find out what happened, clean it out, and then let it heal.
>> the committee also disclosed that the agents in cartagena went out in small groups to several different nightclubs. each bricking back a woman to their hotel rooms which were registered in their own names.
>> the strongly suggests that the agents were doing something they felt comfortable about and they had very little fear of their being any consequences for their actions.
>> as for the secret service culture, sullivan said in a survey last year, 60% of employees said they would report unethical behavior, a figure that struck several committee members as low.
>> that's my concern, when you hear the story of what is done on the road stays on the road, my guess is within the service, there's a pretty high level of detore, possibly even a code of silence .
>> the secret service correct director said he's convinced there's reno problem but committee members said he must assume there is.