CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -- Some food workers at Oregon State University have raised concerns about a cook who rushes to serve children, even though that's not his job.

The 39-year-old is a registered sex offender with a record of assaulting a 5-year-old girl.

The man has worked since 2006 at the Arnold Center Food Service. In addition to college students, the center serves children from the OSU employee daycare and school children who may be visiting the campus.

University spokesman Steve Clark says administrators are making sure a manager is with the cook when children are around.

Clark told KATU that the university did a background check before hiring him, but the law does not permit it to reject an applicant solely because he is a registered sex offender.

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