LONG ISLAND CITY, Queens — The founder of a Queens music school was hit with sex-trafficking charges in Manhattan Federal Court Monday for allegedly trying to have sex with girls as young as 8 years old.
Oliver Sohngen, 52, the founder of the Long Island City Academy of Music, faces eight sex trafficking-related counts, prosecutors said.
Sohngen allegedly worked with a pimp in the Bronx, prosecutors said. He exchanged numerous graphic text messages with the pimp.
Prosecutors believe Sohngen had sex with girls as young as 15 on at least two occasions since 2013. He also allegedly once offered to pay as much as $1,600 to have sex with an 8-year-old girl and a 13-year-old girl.
In one text exchange, the Bronx pimp apparently asked if Sohngen was busy. Sohngen didn’t answer quickly enough and, based on the text messages, lost out on the chance to have sex with a young girl.
“It’s too late,” a text from the pimp reads. “She had to go home.”
Federal agents found Sohngen online. He was allegedly looking to have sex with a 15-year-old girl and was busted by an undercover agent.