Craig Cohen (Suffolk County Police Department)
Craig Cohen (Suffolk County Police Department)

A Wyandanch Memorial High School assistant principal was arrested Monday for allegedly sending inappropriate text messages to students and faculty members, Suffolk County police said.

Craig Cohen, 47, was arrested Monday morning as he left his Northport home, police said. He was charged with three counts of aggravated harassment and one count of endangering the welfare of a child. Cohen was held overnight at the First Precinct and will be arraigned Tuesday at First District Court in Central Islip.

Police said an investigation revealed that Cohen, who has been employed at the school for eight years, sent “several inappropriate texts to various students and faculty members.”

Some of the messages were “sexual in nature,” police said in a news release. The texts were sent in February and March of this year, according to police.

Wyandanch Union Free School District Superintendent Pless M. Dickerson said in a statement posted on the district’s website that school officials received word of the alleged inappropriate messages after school hours on Monday.

Without referencing Cohen by name, the statement said, “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.”


Police are asking anyone who may have information regarding this case to call 631-854-8126.


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