The state Human Rights Commission awarded him $30,000 and the job in a settlement arranged by the county's prosecuting attorney.
In 1993, a sexual assault charge against him was dismissed. Police had said they caught him at a female inmate's cell with his pants unzipped.
He maintained he was innocent of the charge and had been harassed by the department because he is black. According to previous reports, Beatty said the female inmate had called him back to her cell after his shift began at midnight to say sexual things to him.
A magistrate dismissed the charge because of lack of evidence, but he failed to get his job back.
He started work as a jail guard July 1, 1992, but was suspended for 60 days without pay in August that year after being charged with driving with a suspended license.
The sheriff at the time said that charge wasn't the only reason for the suspension, and cited work-related problems.
Also in 1993, Beatty admitted his guilt in U.S. District Court to letting cocaine dealers use his home as a crack house.
He pleaded guilty to establishing manufacturing operations and was sentenced to 15 months in prison, drug treatment and three years' supervised release.Reach Kate White at kate.wh...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1723.