FREEPORT, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A Long Island middle school principal accused of having sex with a teenager he met online submitted false fingerprints to the state a decade ago, according to the New York State Department of Education.
The Freeport School District had relied on the agency’s clearance of 44-year-old John O’Mard when he was hired in 2003, WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported.
Department of Education spokesperson Dennis Thompkins said the fingerprints allowed O’Mard to pass a criminal background check.
“Parents are going to want to know how can this happen,” Sen. John Flanagan (R-Smithtown), the state DOE committee chairman, told CBS 2’s Carolyn Gusoff on Friday.
O’Mard had a past conviction for grand larceny and another for petty larceny, 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reported.
O’Mard’s lawyer said he hadn’t yet reviewed the criminal dockets alleging the convictions.