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Sailors await resolution in prostitution scandal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Navy sailors have been stripped of their security clearances and pulled off their regular jobs, but they have yet to be charged in the prostitution scandal in Colombia that ensnared members of the U.S. military and Secret Service six months ago.

U.S. Southern Command says the investigation surrounding the two sailors is still going on. But a lawyer for one of the sailors says it shouldn’t take this long to reach a decision. Charges were read against all the other military members allegedly involved two months ago.

The sailor’s lawyer is arguing his client was not around when the Secret Service and other U.S. military members were supposedly soliciting prostitutes in Cartagena. The sailor, David Hawley, says he is being punished and denied a promotion without ever being charged.

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