LOS ANGELES -- A county hospital X-ray technologist fired last August because of his past convictions for rape was rehired a short time later by county health managers to work at an East Los Angeles county health clinic that serves pregnant women, officials acknowledged today.
Gariner Beasley, 48, has since been fired again, officials said.
It was not immediately clear exactly when he started working at the Edward R. Roybal Comprehensive Health Center or when he was terminated.
"I have a three-person team over there investigating," William T Fujioka, Los
Angeles county's chief executive, said today.
"I have to get all the facts together before I start talking about this."
County health officials quietly notified members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors late Tuesday and early today that Beasley's employment history was incomplete.
"The supervisor is very, very concerned, said Tony Bell, spokesman for Supervisor Mike Antonovich. "We are trying to get a full accounting so that we can hold those responsible to account."
The fact that Beasley, who apparently came back into the county health system through an outside contractor, was back on the payroll raises numerous troubling questions.
In the letter terminating him, Christopher Arevalo, King-Harbor Hospital's interim chief executive, said Beasley's very employment "may very well potentially expose the county to liability and unnecessary scrutiny . . . and could jeopardize our health facilities' licensing/accreditation."
Beasley had disclosed his convictions a decade ago when he was first hired by
County-USC Medical Center managers.
His criminal history had later been reviewed by other county managers when he was promoted and later transferred to what was then known as Martin Luther King Jr.-Drew Medical Center.
In Beasley's termination letter, Arevalo said that county officials had
repeatedly erred in overlooking Beasley's criminal history.
In addition to issues with his criminal history, the letter noted that Beasley had worked for several days in July 2008 despite having let his license as a radiological technologist expire.
Beasley was convicted of raping two women while on duty and in uniform as an
LAPD officer in the early 1990s.
His actions cost the city of Los Angeles $300,000 in civil settlements for his victims.
Marvin Mathis, the attorney representing Beasley, could not immediately be
reached for comment regarding the latest disclosure.
In an earlier interview, however, he said Beasley should be reinstated by the county because of his positive work evaluations.
"It's just a tragedy. He was a go-to person for the department. They knew
about his history.
Every time he was promoted or transferred, he filled out an application and disclosed it. There was a discussion each time," Mathis told The Times.