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Trial set for ex-Secret Service agent in Provo motel party

PROVO — A trial date has been set for a former U.S. Secret Service agent who, along with several colleagues, was caught in a motel room party involving young women in Provo just days before the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.

According to court records, a bench trial has been scheduled for Todd Cranor of However, Ala., for Feb. 10.

Police allege that Cranor and other agents were conducting a loud party in the early morning hours of Feb. 1 at the Western Inn Motel in Provo. After responding to a complaint called in by the motel's night manager, police discovered the men along with several females, one of whom was under age, consuming alcohol. Provo police reported that they did not realize the men were agents until many days later. The women were identified as local college students.

Further investigation revealed that one of the agents admitted to having sex with one of the women. But when questioned, the woman said she was so intoxicated that she had no memory of the event.

After months of struggling to find evidence, Utah County prosecutor Kay Bryson handed the case over to Provo city for a misdemeanor charge. Bryson said despite an alleged confession by the agent, the woman had no memory and there was no evidence to move forward with felony charges.

Since the incident, Cranor has resigned from the U.S. Secret Service. He faces one misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct, which carries a maximum penalty of up to 90 days in jail and a $750 fine.