Oliver Sohngen, founder and owner of the Long Island City Academy of Music, has been arrested and charged with procuring children for sex, one as young as eight years old.
Sohngen, 52, has been charged with conspiracy to commit sex trafficking, sex trafficking of minors, attempted sex trafficking of minors and attempted inducement of minors to engage in sexual activity. He is being held without bail.
A would-be opera singer from Konstanz in Germany, Sohngen came to the US to study at the Cleveland Institute of Music. When his opera career failed to take off, he opened the music school.