CA public hospital hires man despite rape convictions

An newspaper investigation has concluded that a Los Angeles-area man who raped women as an on-duty Los Angeles police officer was hired by a Los Angeles County hospital as an X-ray technologist after he got out of prison, despite hiring officials knowing of his violent past.

The man, who was hired by County-USC Medical Center a decade ago, disclosed his criminal history in his county job application. Despite the fact that the job would leave him alone and unsupervised with female patients, both the head of hospital human resources and a chief aide signed papers asserting that his rape convictions shouldn't bar him from being hired for the job.

Gariner Beasley, was let go in August 2008, one month after the Los Angeles Times published a piece suggesting that he should not have been allowed to be hired, nor to remain on the job when his credentials were reviewed during a series of promotions and transfers.

Beasley's history came to light after he appealed his termination from the $73,000-a-year job, which made the matter public.

To learn more about the story:
- read this Los Angeles Times article

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