IMPERIAL BEACH, Calif.—Authorities are investigating a hazing incident involving four underage Imperial Beach lifeguards who got drunk and passed out, then were posed in sexually suggestive ways and photographed during an initiation party for seasonal guards.
One of the rookie lifeguards was nude in some of the more than two dozen snapshots taken at the Pacific Beach party on Aug. 4, 2009.
"Even though IB is under the spot light, I'd say it's an aberration. Regrettably it did happen," former IB lifeguard Aaron Quintanar told News 8, who said he heard about the incident the day after it happened.
"These guys were forced to drink," Quintanar added. "Clothes were taken off, and other lewd acts followed."
Those acts allegedly included guests drawing sexually explicit body parts on the drunken lifeguards' faces and bodies with black ink, and posing the rookies, one of them naked, in sexually suggestive ways.
Imperial Beach City Manager Gary Brown said Tuesday that investigations began after Imperial Beach officials and at least one San Diego Unified Port District commissioner received a disk last month containing the photos. The city has hired two independent investigators.
No personnel decisions on this case will be made until the administration's independent investigation into the case is completed in the next two to three weeks, according to IB's director of public safety.
The Sheriff's Department has completed its criminal investigation and forwarded the findings to the San Diego city attorney, but there won't be any charges because the one-year statute of limitations has passed.
Quintanar, who was fired from his position recently for entering contaminated waters, told News 8 he chose to speak out on this alleged hazing incident because he believes it is the right thing to do.
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