The Montgomery County PA District Attorney’s Office has announced the September 28, 2015 arrest of jazz musician and synthesist Charles L. Cohen, 69, of Philadelphia for Criminal Attempt of Involuntary Deviant Sexual Intercourse with a child under the age of 16, Unlawful Contact with a Minor and Criminal Use of a Communication Facility.
Cohen was arrested as part of a sting operation targeting Internet sexual predators.
Here is the background on the charges, from the DA Office:
In September 2015,Detective Sergeant Raymond Bechtel III became involved in an undercover, electronic communication exchange with defendant Charles Cohen. It was apparent Cohen’s intent was to sexually assault a child.
On Monday, September 28, 2015, the ongoing undercover communications resulted in Cohen requesting to meet with whom he thought to be a 14 year old boy. Cohen’s proposed purpose for this meeting was for him to perform oral sex on the boy and vice versa.
On Monday, September 28, 2015 at 12:29 PM, Cohen was observed at the agreed upon meet location, 600 Commerce Drive, Upper Providence Township, Montgomery County. He was met by law enforcement and arrested.
Cohen was charged with the three crimes listed above and arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Katherine McGill. Bail was set at $100,000 cash. He was remanded to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility pending. His preliminary hearing is scheduled on October 13, 2015 at 11:00 AM before Magisterial District Judge Walter Gadzicki.
Cohen is an expert with the Buchla Music Easel and has been working with it since the mid 1970’s.
This video, from 2008, captures Charles Cohen performing with the Buchla Music Easel:
The DA Office notes that “CRIMINAL CHARGES, AND ANY DISCUSSION THEREOF, ARE MERELY ALLEGATIONS AND ALL DEFENDANTS ARE PRESUMED INNOCENT UNTIL AND UNLESS PROVEN GUILTY.”