A Queens teacher was destitute Friday for promulgation pale photos and videos of himself to a 15-year-old former tyro — and asking her to do the same, cops said.
Michael Cognato, 35, who worked at Intermediate School 93 in Ridgewood, allegedly began promulgation the girl exposed pictures of himself over the summer.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown pronounced Cognato’s victim was his tyro while she was in the eighth grade, but the two remained in contact.
Following her graduation from the school, Cognato tutored her and communicated with her around Facebook messaging and Skype.
Cognato fast went from manuscript to debase as he began promulgation faulty pictures and videos of himself masturbating, officials said.
He then assured the girl to send him bare pictures of herself.
Police charged Cognato, of Bethpage, L.I., with using a child in a passionate performance, compelling a passionate opening by a child and behaving in a demeanour damaging to a child after the teen’s mom contacted cops.
His prosecution was tentative Friday.
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Education Department officials pronounced Cognato began operative as a teacher at IS 93 in 2001. He has no disciplinary history.
Cognato continues to draw his income of $82,995 while Education Department officials work to take him off payroll, a routine that can take anywhere from days to weeks or even longer.
Meanwhile, Education Department orator Michael Aciman pronounced that Cognato has been given a new assignment behaving executive duties in a executive Education Department office.
“These purported actions are deeply disturbing and have positively no place in the schools,” Aciman said.
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“This particular was immediately private from the school and reassigned divided from students, and we will pursue stealing him from payroll,” he added.
Brown pronounced Cognato sent the teen at slightest 15 videos of himself masturbating between Aug and Oct and that she sent a identical series of videos of herself.
“This case should offer as a transparent and observable warning that law coercion is prepared to detain and prosecute passionate predators,” Brown said.
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