Veteran Synth Artist Charles Cohen Charged with Child Sex Crimes

Veteran Synth Artist Charles Cohen Charged with Child Sex Crimes
Charles Cohen is an underground music icon, having been active since the '70s and working on synth-based free jazz and improvised noise. Now, it appears that the 70-year-old's legacy may be sadly tarnished, as he has been arrested for allegedly attempting to solicit sex from a minor.

Montgomery County District Attorney's Office in Pennsylvania announced today [via FACT/Philly Mag] that Cohen had been arrested on September 28. It was a sting operation targeting internet predators, as Cohen had become involved with in online exchange with an undercover police officer posing as a 14-year-old boy.

Here's where it gets truly disturbing — Cohen proposed a meet-up with the intent that he and the boy would perform oral sex on one another. When the musician showed up at the arranged meet-up location in Collegeville, PA, he was arrested by police.

Cohen was charged with three crimes: criminal attempt of involuntary deviant sexual intercourse with a child under 16, unlawful contact with a minor, and criminal use of a communication facility. His bail was set at $100,000 US, and he was sent to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility. Cohen will have a preliminary hearing on October 13.

Police are calling anyone with more information about Cohen's illegal activities to come forward. Read the full statement here. That's Cohen's mug shot above.

Cohen recently drew attention for releasing his 2015 album Brother I Prove You Wrong.