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By The Associated Press
Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, 6:53 p.m.
 

MIAMI — In the latest embarrassing spectacle for the Secret Service, one of its officers was found passed out and apparently drunk on a Miami street corner less than 12 hours after President Obama left the city on a campaign trip, police in Florida said.

Aaron Francis Engler, an officer with the agency's uniformed division, was not on duty when he was found unresponsive on a sidewalk near a popular nightlife area in downtown Miami about 7 a.m. Engler was in Miami in a support role of Obama's trip. His exact duties during Obama's visit were unclear, but he was not part of the president's personal security detail.

Edwin Donovan, a Secret Service spokesman, said the case will be referred to the agency's Office of Professional Responsibility.

This is the second alcohol-related incident for the agency this year. In April, 13 officers and agents were implicated in a prostitution scandal in Cartagena, Colombia, in advance of Obama's arrival for a South American summit.

After a night of partying in some of Cartagena's bars and clubs, the employees brought women, including prostitutes, back to a hotel where the employees were staying.

Eight Secret Service employees were forced out, three were cleared of serious misconduct and at least two more are fighting to get their jobs back.

The incident prompted Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan to issue a new code of conduct that barred employees from drinking within 10 hours of the start of a shift.

Miami police say Engler was arrested on two misdemeanor charges and released to members of the Secret Service's Miami field office.

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