Synth pioneer Charles Cohen charged over child sex crimes

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Synth pioneer Charles Cohen charged over child sex crimes

The artist is currently in custody with bail held at $100,000.

Charles Cohen, synthesiser pioneer active since the early 1970s, has been arrested and charged for involuntary deviant sexual intercourse with a minor under the age of 16, unlawful contact with a minor and criminal use of a communication facility (Philly Mag). The arrest took place last month in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

Cohen posted an ad on Craigslist, through which he was contacted by a police detective pretending to be a 14-year-old boy. The Times Herald reports that “According to the district attorney, it was apparent Cohen’s intent was to sexually assault a child.” When Cohen arrived at the arranged time of 12:30 pm at an address in Upper Providence on September 28, law enforcement arrested the 69-year-old man. His bail is currently set at US$100 000, and his preliminary hearing is on October 13.


Earlier this year, Cohen release his first album since 1988. He was scheduled to perform next week at Polish festival Unsound Perform with German artist and head of Morphine Records (the label who put out Cohen’s album), Rabih Beaini. Beaini released the following statement in response to the news:

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Famed for his explorative, improvisational approach to music, the prolific, once-revered composer and frequent collaborator was famous for his work within many styles of jazz, ambient and electronic music.



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