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Craig Cohen, Wyandanch H.S. assistant principal accused of sending inappropriate texts, is reassigned

Craig Cohen, 47, was arrested at his Northport

Craig Cohen, 47, was arrested at his Northport home, police said, and charged with endangering the welfare of a child, and three counts of second degree aggravated harassment. (March 18, 2013) Credit: SCPD

The Wyandanch High School assistant principal charged with sending inappropriate text messages to faculty and students has been reassigned and faces further disciplinary action pending the outcome of the criminal investigation, the school district's superintendent said in a letter to parents.

Craig Cohen, 47, of Northport, was arraigned Tuesday at Suffolk County First District Court in Central Islip a day after police charged him with endangering the welfare of a child and three counts of second-degree aggravated harassment. Details of the arraignment were not immediately available.

Superintendent Pless Dickerson told parents about the incident in the letter on the district's website dated Monday. "An incident alleging inappropriate behavior on the part of an Assistant Principal at the high school was reported to my office after school hours on Monday, March 18, 2013 by the Suffolk County Police Department," Dickerson wrote. "Please note that the safety of our children is my utmost concern. To this end, the staff member has been reassigned immediately and further appropriate action will be taken by the school District pending the results of the investigation by the Suffolk County Police Department."

Cohen, employed by the Wyandanch district for about eight years, sent the messages between February and this month, Suffolk police said.

His lawyer could not be reached for comment.


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