New York City music teacher arrested for alleged sex trafficking of minors

Claudine Rigal
Mai 18, 2017

Authorities say Sohngen paid a pimp hundreds of dollars to arrange sexual encounters with underage girls, some as young as 8 years old.

The phone number listed to Long Island City Academy of Music, where Sohngen taught music, is not accepting incoming calls, a new recording indicates.

Sohngen, whose Facebook page says he is originally from Germany and that he studied at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Music, allegedly used a pimp to arrange sexual encounters with girls 8 to 17 years old.

Investigators learned of Sohngen after the pimp whom he is alleged to have contacted was arrested in November 2013, according to the federal complaint. Authorities say he was nabbed after soliciting sex from an undercover officer posing as a 15-year-old girl.

The government reproduced in the criminal complaint one series of text messages in which Sohngen allegedly negotiated a deal for $1,600 to engage in sexual acts with two girls, ages 8 and 13. He specifically requested girls sometimes as young as 8 years old. Sohngen faces an eight-count federal complaint charging him with sex trafficking of a minor and other acts, according to NBC New York.

Sohngen agreed to remain in detention with the possibility of seeking bail at a future date, according to a spokeswoman for the US attorney.

Prosecutors believe Sohngen had sex with girls as young as 15 on at least two occasions since 2013.

Under the profile photo, another posted, "Wow".

From November 2015 to January 2016, Sohngen had several disturbing phone exchanges "in order to engage in oral sex and other sexual contact". He's the founder of the Long Island City Academy of Music.

The owner of a Queens music academy was arrested Tuesday morning, accused of having sex with underage girls.

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