Mineola - (WALK) A former middle school principal accused earlier this year of having relations with a teen now also faces felony charges for allegedly lying about a criminal record in order to get his school job.
John O'Mard (photo) was back in court Tuesday, and accused of failing to disclose his criminal record on documents submitted to the state Education Department in 2004 and 2006. O'Mard, 45, was convicted of larceny in 1987 and in 1990, and spent time in prison during the 1990s. He also submitted someone else's fingerprints during a background check, said Nassau prosecutors.
The former principal of J.W. Dodd Middle School in Freeport was arraigned Tuesday on charges including perjury, defrauding the government and offering a false instrument. His bail was set at $15,000 cash or bond.
Freeport school district officials discovered O'Mard's alleged fraud following his arrest for the alleged sexual relationship with a teen. The district put him on administrative reassignment after his initial arrest but then was fired, after a districdt investigation.
During his first arraignment in March, O'Mard pleaded not guilty to four counts of third-degree criminal sexual act.
If convicted of all charges, O'Mard could face up to 16 years in prison, according to prosecutors.
Photo: Nassau District Attorney