Convicted killer employed by VA after short prison stint

A Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital in Anchorage, Alaska, decided to hold a position open for a former accountant who was serving prison time for killing a man, according to a report by the Daily Caller.

The same hospital also hired a child molester and kept him on the payroll, despite recurring offenses.

Kevin Kenja Campbell pleaded guilty to felony sexual abuse of a minor in 2002, according to reports. The VA hospital hired him despite this record, then kept him employed after he was arrested for stabbing a man with a bottle.

According to court records, Campbell was charged with harassment and family violence in 2001, assault in January 2004, and received a DUI in November 2004. He was reportedly later charged with failing to register as a sex offender in 2005 and in 2009.

It doesn’t stop there. Campbell was charged in April 2013 and 2015 with two additional separate incidents of family violence. He was also charged in October 2013 with a DUI and leaving the scene of a crash. To top it off, he was charged with felony assault, drug possession, and failure to register as a sex offender in February 2015.

Veteran’s Affairs spokesman Randy Noller did not provide Campbell’s dates of employment, but investigative reporters at the Daily Caller say he was employed by the VA from 2010-2015. Noller did say Campbell was no longer with the VA.

In a separate case, Michael N. Alvin is still on the VA’s payroll despite his status as a convicted killer. Alvin reportedly worked as an accountant at the same federal hospital before he was sent to prison for killing a man in a drunken driving accident. When he was released from incarceration, the hospital allowed him to return and even promoted him to head accountant.

“I said, give him a chance, why not?” said Kevin McGee, the VA’s local employee union president at the time. McGee himself was later convicted of tax fraud, but the VA did not fire him.

The Daily Caller reports that the Department of Labor federal law states: “Conviction for several types of crimes will bar a person from serving [as a union officer], including but not limited to the following examples: Generic criminal offenses, specifically, murder, assault with intent to kill, assault that inflicts grievous bodily injury, rape, arson, extortion, burglary, grand larceny, robbery, bribery, embezzlement” and “any crime that is equivalent to the above crimes … The bar ends 13 years after conviction.”

The Veteran’s Affairs department says they only hire child molesters, rapists, and kidnappers if they turn their lives around.

H/T: Daily Caller

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