Before he was hired by the D.C. government, Thomas Nelson served time for armed robbery and assault. Gray called the incidents alarming but says whether or not to hire someone who has been in prison is "a hugely delicate balance."
"We have a lot of returning citizens in the District of Columbia and they wind up swelling the ranks of the unemployed," Gray says. "So we're working to, on one hand, create opportunities for people who are returning because if we don't do something, we're simply moving people right back in the same direction they came from."
Now Nelson is charged with second-degree touching of a minor, a 17-year-old female participant in the summer youth jobs program.
Gray says emails have been send to the approximately 14,000 students employed through the program reminding them to report any improper or questionable behavior to a supervisor.
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