The executive director of a Queens music school for kids paid a Bronx pimp to supply him with underage girls for sex, including an 8-year-old he agreed drop off at Chuck E. Cheese’s afterward so her parents wouldn’t grow suspicious, authorities charged.
Oliver Sohngen, a vocal teacher and founder of the Long Island City Academy of Music, was arrested Tuesday and charged with sex trafficking and attempted sex trafficking of girls aged 8 to 17.
Manhattan federal prosecutors said Sohngen satisfied his twisted impulses with the help of the unnamed pimp, who would text Sohngen when he found girls for him to have sex with, using code to disguise their ages, authorities said.
In one seedy exchange from Oct. 2013, the pimp allegedly told Sohngen he found he an 8-year-old and a 13-year-old girl for the maestro.
After Sohngen agreed to fork over $1,600 for both girls, the pimp directed Sohngen to pick them up after school, bring them to a hotel and then drop them off afterward at a Harlem Chuck E. Cheese, according to a criminal complaint.
Chuck E. Cheese is “where the family thinks they are going,” the pimp explained, according to the complaint, referring to the family entertainment center and restaurant chain.
The pimp assured Sohngen that the girls’ parents wouldn’t suspect a thing because he had recruited a 16-year-old friend of the family to help him cover their tracks.
“Aren’t ppl going to miss them?” Sohngen asks the pimp in a text.
“That’s why the 16 is tell ppl they are going to chuck e cheese,” the pimp explained, according to the complaint.
The lurid meeting never took place, but Sohngen succeeded in paying for sex with a 15 year old and a 17 year old, prosecutors said.
“It’s sick. It’s horrible,” said a woman exiting the building where Sohngen’s school is located. The woman, who would not give her name, said she had always sensed something “off” about the music man.
“There was something a little different, something off, you know? The person I really feel for is his daughter,” she said.
Sohngen, who can be seen Facebook playing the keyboard while surrounded by happy children, was detained Tuesday without bail.
Credit: NY Post