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Secret Service Supervisor Put on Leave for Alleged Sexual Assault

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A senior supervisor for the Secret Service has been put on leave after a female employee accused him of sexual assault.

The supervisor, Xavier Morales, has also had his security clearance revoked, according to the Washington Post.

The Washington, D.C., police’s sex crimes unit and a government inspector general are investigating the female agent’s claims that Morales grabbed her at the agency headquarters last week after they returned to the office from a party celebrating Morales’s new assignment as head of the agency’s field office in Louisville, law enforcement officials told the Post.

The woman also reportedly told police that Morales – her boss – told her he was in love with her and wanted to have sex with her. Morales is married to a special agent.

The Secret Service released a statement about the alleged incident, ABC News reports.

“The Secret Service is an agency that demands that our employees conduct themselves with the highest level of integrity. These allegations as reported are very disturbing. Any threats or violence that endangers our employees in the workplace is unacceptable and will not be tolerated,” the statement reads.

The USSS also had an alleged drunk driving incident last month, when two senior agents drove into the White House complex and struck a barricade. It was the latest in a string of recent security lapses and mishaps, including an intruder making it through the White House’s front door, and agents who were fired for hiring prostitutes while on a presidential trip overseas.