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Bridgeport school employee is a registered sex offender

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BRIDGEPORT, CT (WFSB) -

Parents are outraged after learning a registered sex offender has been working at a public school in Bridgeport.

Fuse, which is the management company hired to run the Dunbar School, failed to mention one of its paraprofessionals has a serious criminal past, and it's not the first problem for Fuse.

Parents said they are disappointed after hearing about the registered sex offender working at a school.

Mack Allen, who has been a community outreach coordinator at the Dunbar School, has been convicted of drug offenses and is a registered sex offender in Texas.

"Frankly, I was stunned," said Bridgeport School Superintendent Frances Rabinowitz, who said it was only last week when she learned about Allen's criminal past.

The company running the school, however, has apparently known about his history since January.

Fuse took over Dunbar because it was one of the lowest performing schools, and it is their responsibility to do background checks for all employees except teachers and the principal.

Fuse came under fire just last month, after it was discovered that Michael Sharpe, the CEO at Jumoke Academy in Hartford, was convicted of forgery and went to federal prison for embezzlement. He also told people he had a doctorate in education, but actually did not.

Rabinowitz said when companies are hired, local boards lose control.

"That part of the management of the school was not ours, and we had no jurisdiction over that," Rabinowitz added.

Fuse said it had no comment, and the state's Department of Education is investigating.

It appears Bridgeport's mayor also did not know about Allen's past, as he was chosen to be on the mayor's Ethics Commission.

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