Security guard who aided sexual assault victim says TV interview cost him his job
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SAN DIEGO - A security guard who came to the aid of a sexual assault victim said he was fired because he took a public stance against the crime on 10News.
In the early morning hours of June 5, a crime scene unfolded outside the winter homeless shelter in the East Village.
Broken beer bottles marked the spot where a woman claimed a man offered shelter in his car, and then tried to rape her.
Shelter security guard Victor Bailey was one of two guards who found and comforted the distraught woman. Bailey called 911, and then gave 10News an interview, which included thoughts on how similar crimes affecting the homeless were all too common.
"I felt compelled to give an interview because it's not right. Someone needs to make the community aware that this does take place," said Bailey.
A day later, he says he was reprimanded for talking to the media without approval -- a policy he said he was unaware of. He said a memo came out soon after saying any unauthorized interviews could lead to termination.
Bailey said two weeks later, he was fired by the Alpha Project, which runs the winter shelter.
He said he was also dealing with a new prostate cancer diagnosis and was late to work twice just before he was let go.
Bailey told 10News he never got a warning that he might be fired.
Bob McElroy, president of the Alpha Project, said he could not legally discuss personnel matters, but told 10News, "We routinely give our employees multiple chances. It's 100 percent untrue that Mr. Bailey was fired because of the interview."
The group also disputes the date Bailey was fired, contending he was fired seven weeks after the interview.
Bailey, who got off the streets when he was hired as a guard in November, is now homeless again.
"It's wrong. They hired me to do what's right, to help people, and I did that," said Bailey.
The Alpha Project says they do require approval for media interviews because the group does receive city funds for the shelter.
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