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L.A. County supervisors to investigate hiring of rapist

February 3, 2009 | 11:33 am

Antonovich_2The Los Angeles County supervisors this morning unanimously approved their colleague Mike Antonovich's motion calling for additional information to be made available to them about the hiring of convicted rapist Gariner Beasley as a county hospital X-ray technologist a decade ago.

Beasley, The Times reported Saturday, was hired despite having two convictions for raping women under color of authority while on duty as a Los Angeles police officer in the early 1990s. His actions cost the city of Los Angeles nearly $300,000 in civil settlements for his victims.

Beasley was hired by top human resources officials at County-USC Medical Center in 1998, four years after he was paroled from prison. He was later transferred to Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital, which was then known as Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center. The Times found that Beasley had disclosed his convictions on his job application, which raised serious questions about how he was hired given the county's clear policy that a past criminal conviction cannot conflict with the duties of a job.

Beasley's job had him working alone and unsupervised with female patients, including obstetric and mammography patients, according to his termination letter when he was fired last August. His firing came a month after The Times reported widespread criminal histories among King-Harbor employees, whose managers were getting ready to transfer from the closed hospital in Willowbrook.

At this morning's meeting, the supervisors made no pledge to expand the investigation into whether the county Health Department is employing workers in facilities beyond the King-Harbor employee pool who were hired despite criminal histories that conflict with their jobs.

Updated at 12:28 p.m.:

Antonovich said in an interview that he has privately requested a case-by-case review of employees with criminal histories throughout the Department of Health Services to determine whether the offenses disqualify them from their jobs. He said he does not know the results of that review but said that they will be released when county Chief Executive Officer William T. Fujioka addresses the board next week.

"What happened with these hirings was unconscionable, and those responsible have been disciplined or retired," Antonovich said.

Read more on the county's hiring of a convicted rapist.

-- Garrett Therolf

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