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Letter: How did convict get hired for school?

John O'Mard, principal of J.W. Dodd Middle School

John O'Mard, principal of J.W. Dodd Middle School in Freeport, appears in Nassau County Court before Judge Delligatti in Mineola. (March 22, 2013) Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

I was appalled when I read "Cops: Principal had sex with teen grad" [News, March 21]. I understand that a person is not guilty until convicted, but that is not my point.

The fact is that John O'Mard had a previous criminal record and spent a year in jail. How on Earth does an individual with a conviction record become the principal of a public school?

I have worked in the securities industry for more than 30 years. In my capacity, I could not hire any person with a conviction record.

However, a person with two convictions, to whom we entrust our children and who is paid with public tax money, received a high-profile job in the school system.

Where is the line drawn here?

Bob McDonough, Cold Spring Harbor