- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 16, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) - The 52-year-old founder of a Queens music school has been arrested on charges accusing him of having sex with underage girls.

Oliver Sohngen was arrested Tuesday on sex trafficking of minors and other charges. He’s the director of the Long Island City Academy of Music.

Authorities say Sohngen paid a pimp hundreds of dollars to arrange sexual encounters with underage girls, some as young as 8 years old. They say he also attempted to engage in sex trafficking of girls under the age of 14.

The incidents allegedly occurred between March 2013 and January 2016. Authorities say he was nabbed after soliciting sex from an undercover officer posing as a 15-year-old girl.

A message left with the school wasn’t immediately returned. A lawyer for Sohngen declined comment.

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