Electronic music pioneer Charles Cohen arrested on child sex charges

Cohen released his first new album since 1988 earlier this year

Synth pioneer Charles Cohen has been arrested for allegedly attempting to solicit sex from a minor.

Cohen, 69, known for his contribution to the electronic music and free jazz scenes, was arrested in Philadelphia on September 28.

Local newspaper Times Herald reports that Cohen had been communicating online with an undercover police officer posing as a 14 year old boy. Cohen is accused of arranging to meet up to perform oral sex on each other.

Cohen has been charged with the criminal attempt of involuntary sexual intercourse with a child under 16, unlawful contact with a minor and criminal use of a communication facility.

He is being held at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility before his preliminary hearing on October 13. Cohen’s bail has been set at $100,000 (£65,000).

Charles Cohen recently released his new album ‘Brother I Prove You Wrong’, his first record since 1988.

Cohen was scheduled to perform at Unsound Festival in Poland next week.

Rabih Beaini of Morphine Records, the label that released Cohen’s new album, has issued a statement (via FACT), saying: “I really don’t gave any words to say besides the shock that is eating me right now.”