Former Middletown High School Principal Bernard Cohen is holding a reading from his book on the sexual abuse scandal that ended with the superintendent going to state prison.
The book, “Behind the Schoolhouse Doors,” is about Robert Sigler, the former superintendent who was arrested in 2003 when it came out that he had a relationship with a teenage boy who was a student. Sigler served more than four years in prison, and was released in 2008.
The names are changed in the book, which is written in a narrative non-fiction style.
Cohen, 70, has retired from education; he lives in Nyack now and works as a character actor.
Cohen reported his suspicions about Sigler and the boy to police; the school district fired Cohen for not putting them in writing, though. He sued, and in 2007 he settled with the district for $425,000.
The victim, who is 26 now and still lives in the area, has denounced the book, saying he is angry Cohen portrays himself as a whistle-blower.
The reading will be from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Friday at Thrall Library. After the 15 minute or so reading, former Middletown school board member turned New York City commentator Roy Paul will moderate a discussion.