Assistant Principal Pleads Not Guilty to Sexting Students, Teacher

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    The Long Island high school assistant principal accused of sending sexual text messages to several students and a faculty member allegedly texted one teenage student, "This is your new text lover," according to a criminal complaint. Greg Cergol reports. (Published Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013)

    The Long Island high school assistant principal accused of sending sexual text messages to several students and a faculty member allegedly texted one teenage student, "This is your new text lover," according to a criminal complaint.  

    Craig Cohen, a 47-year-old assistant principal at Wyandanch Memorial High School, was arrested Monday and charged with multiple counts of harassment and endangering the welfare of a child. He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Tuesday.

    Court documents allege Cohen sent messages that were explicitly sexual to one 16-year-old student, one 17-year-old student and at least one teacher during February and March.

    At one point, Cohen allegedly invited a female student into his office, but she became frightened and refused to go inside, prosecutors said. 

    A judge issued four orders of protection against Cohen -- one for each of his alleged victims. Bail was set at $2,500.

    Cohen has worked at Wyandanch Memorial High School for about eight years, authorities said. The school district says he has been reassigned pending the outcome of the criminal investigation.

    Cohen was represented by a Legal Aid attorney, who did not comment on the case.

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