Former teacher from Bethpage sentenced for sex chat with student

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Officials say a former Queens teacher from Bethpage was sentenced for having a sex chat with a student.

They say 35-year-old Michael Cognato was sentenced to jail for six months.

According to Newsday, Cognato was also sentenced to 10 years’ probation.

MORE: Bethpage teacher pleads guilty to sex crime

In March, the former middle school teacher admitted he had a former student send him sexually explicit videos of herself.

Prosecutors say Cognato also violated an order of protection by contacting the 14-year-old girl after his arrest.

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