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A Long Island middle school principal was arrested for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old boy he met on a social networking site, police said. Pei-Sze Cheng reports.
A Long Island middle school principal was arrested for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old boy he met on a social networking site, police said.
John O'Mard, principal of the J.W. Dodd Middle School in Freeport, is accused of using the Internet to arrange an in-person meeting with the boy last September.
Once they met, the 44-year-old O'Mard allegedly drove the boy to his house, where they engaged in sexual acts, Nassau County police said.
O'Mard was charged with four counts of criminal sexual act.
The superintendent of Freeport schools, Kishore Kuncham, sent a letter to parents indicating the district was aware of the allegations and had reassigned O'Mard pending the outcome of the criminal investigation.
Parents said they were stunned to learn of the arrest.
"He seemed like a very nice guy," said Maria Abreu. "But I guess, you know, you never know."
O'Mard was arraigned Wednesday in Hempstead.
His attorney said he would fight the charges.
--Pei-Sze Cheng contributed to this story