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Central Islip High principal charged in domestic case, placed on leave by district

Central Islip High School principal Brett MacMonigle in

Central Islip High School principal Brett MacMonigle in Central Islip on June 25, 2016. Credit: James Escher

The principal of Central Islip High School was arrested Wednesday and charged with assault in what court records describe as a domestic violence case dating to late last year, authorities said.

Brett MacMonigle, 46, of Central Islip, was charged with third-degree assault in connection with a Dec. 22 incident involving his wife on Lakeview Avenue West in Brightwaters, Suffolk County police and court records said. In a police report, a Suffolk County police officer said MacMonigle “slapped and pushed her about the face and chest causing the victim to fall backwards and hit her head on the corner of her nightstand.”

The complaint said the shove caused his wife to “become unconscious and left a cut on the back of her head which caused substantial pain and which was later treated at Southside Hospital requiring stitches.”

Central Islip Union Free School District officials said in a news release, “The conduct with which Mr. MacMonigle has been charged did not occur during the workday or on school grounds, and did not involve students or staff in any way.” Further, the district’s statement said, “We intend to monitor the situation closely and to cooperate fully with the investigation.”

The school district placed MacMonigle on leave.

MacMonigle’s attorney, Daniel Driscoll of Bay Shore, could not be reached for comment Friday.

MacMonigle, who was arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip before Acting County Court Judge Gaetan B. Lozito and released without bail, was ordered to return to court on Wednesday, according to court records, which also show that a temporary order of protection was issued.

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