Xavier Morales, image from HAPCOA.org
Xavier Morales, image from HAPCOA.org

The would-be head of Louisville’s field branch of the Secret Service has been suspended by the agency and his security clearance pulled due to allegations of sexual assault against a female employee. He was supposed to have started at his Louisville post this week.

Xavier Morales, 48, a senior supervisor with the Secret Service, is alleged to have assaulted the agent on March 31, following a party at a pub in Washington, D.C.

The Washington Post reports that Morales allegedly told the woman, while still at the pub, that he loved her and wanted to have sex with her. Later, at Secret Service offices, he is alleged to have grabbed her and made unwanted sexual advances, according to law enforcement officers familiar with the investigation. “The woman alleged that the two scuffled until Morales relented,” the Post reports.

The Secret Service’s response was swift, according to the Post:

“Late last week, the Secret Service took the unusual step of placing Morales on indefinite administrative leave and adding his name to an internal ‘do not admit’ list prohibiting entry to the office, a Secret Service official said. The Secret Service also took away his gun and badge after agency investigators launched a preliminary review of the complaint and conducted ‘subsequent corroborative interviews’ … said agency spokesman Brian Leary.”

Washington, D.C., police also are investigating Morales, the Post writes.

Morales and company were at the D.C. pub celebrating his promotion to oversee the Louisville Secret Service field office. The Post article describes this office as a stepping stone to bigger and better things within the Secret Service.

But Morales never started his new job, and Craig Hutzell is now the acting special agent in charge there, IL learned from an employee who answered the phone at the Louisville field office.

Neither Hutzell nor a representative from Secret Service national headquarters in D.C. responded to voicemails seeking more information.

Morales was viewed as something of a rising star in an agency that’s been battered by a seemingly endless list of stories detailing unprofessional, even licentious, ways some of its agents have behaved.

Most recently, on March 4, two senior agents drove an agency car into an active White House bomb threat investigation, the Post reports. They allegedly had been drinking at a downtown bar prior to this mishap, and now the Obama administration is investigating this incident.

There also have been breaches of the White House’s perimeter by an intruder, that rogue drone, and prostitution scandals.

[dc_ad size="9"] [dc_ad size="10"]
David Serchuk
David Serchuk is a staff writer at Insider Louisville. He is a former editor at Forbes.com, and an ex-reporter at Forbes magazine. He's written for NPR, CNBC.com, New York, Pittsburgh, Louisville and other publications named for places. He enjoys writing about business, music and other things as well.