Michael Cognato, 35, who worked at Intermediate School 93 in Queens, allegedly began sending the girl naked pictures of himself over the summer, the News reported.
The girl had been an eighth-grade student in Cognato’s class. Following her graduation, Cognato tutored her and communicated with her via Skype and Facebook messaging, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.
During the summer, prosecutors allege, Cognato began sending indecent pictures and videos of himself to the girl and convinced her to send nude photos of herself.
Cognato, of Bethpage, New York, was charged with using a child in a sexual performance, promoting a sexual performance by a child, and acting in a manner injurious to a child after the teen’s mother contacted the police, the News reported.
Education Department officials said Cognato began working as a teacher at IS 93 in 2001, and has no disciplinary history.
Education Department spokesman Michael Aciman said that the alleged actions “are deeply disturbing and have absolutely no place in our schools.”
According to Brown, Cognato sent the girl at least 15 videos of himself masturbating between August and October, and that she sent a similar number of videos of herself to the teacher, the News reported.
“This case should serve as a clear and unmistakable warning that law enforcement is prepared to apprehend and prosecute sexual predators,” Brown said.
The event formerly known as Home World has a new name and new location.Get totally inspired for spring as you find hundreds of ways to improve your home. Make your home the one you really want. Show open daily duringmall hours. Admission is free!
Landscaping and Outdoors
Get ready for Spring and Summer and transform your outdoor space into something that feels like you’re on vacation
Make sure to visit our demonstration stage during the entire show. There will be exciting demonstrations on how to re-purpose and design thanks to Monarch Market Affair.
Meet Barry Williams from The Brady Bunch
Join us as we welcome Me-TV superstar Barry Williams who played the iconic Greg Brady from The Brady Bunch TV Show. Meet him and get an autograph on February 10th stage side at center court in front of Macy’s.
The line will start forming when the Mall Opens, and Barry’s First appearance will be at 11 a.m.
Come prepared with your camera or cell phone for the Meet and Greet.