ACCORDING to a gazillion news reports, Oliver Sohngen, the founder of the Long Island City Academy of Music, was arrested this morning for allegedly dallying and or attempting to do so with young girls between the ages of 8 and 17 years old. The Academy, located in the LIC Arts Center on 23rd Street near 44th Drive, offers kids music classes in everything from voice to vibraphone, as well as theater, songwriting, and a panoply of different instruments. Their website lists faculty from Juilliard, Mannes Berklee, and Bard, and the school has been in existence for a decade. Many children from the neighborhood received their introduction to guitar, piano, and violin at the school.
Sohngen is said to be 52 years old and originally from Germany. You can read more about the specifics of the charges in the links below.
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