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Trumbull Dentist Tried to Meet Up With 15-Year-Old for Sex: US Attorney

Scott David Cohen is accused of using Instagram to chat with someone he believed was a 15-year-old girl and make plans to meet up for sexual activity.

A Trumbull dentist is facing federal charges, accused of planning to meet up with someone he believed was a 15-year-old girl for sexual activities.

According to a release from the US Attorney’s Office, 39-year-old Scott David Cohen of Stratford was arrested Friday and charged with multiple child sexual exploitation offenses.

Investigators allege that Cohen used Instagram to communicate with someone he believed was a 15-year-old girl. They said that in multiple conversations Cohen talked of sexual activities he wanted to have with the minor, and sent sexually explicit images of himself. Investigators said he used graphic detail to describe the sexual acts he wanted to engage in.

The “minor” told Cohen she lived out of state and was planning to travel to New York to meet a relative. Over chat, Cohen said he would reschedule patients at his dental practice to meet with her.

He was arrested after he traveled to the Stratford train station to meet with the “girl.” He is charged with enticement of a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity, travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct, transfer of obscene material to minors, and sexual exploitation of children.

The FBI and Connecticut Child Exploitation Task Force are investigating the case. The prosecution is part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood Initiative, a program which aims to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation.

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