A Connecticut dentist has been arrested on charges of trying to entice someone he met on the internet who he believed to be a 15-year-old girl into having sex, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
Scott David Cohen, DDS, owner of Trumbull Smiles Family Dental in Trumbull, CT, was arrested October 25 on charges of 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, according to a release issued by the U.S. Attorney's Office of the District of Connecticut.
Under the guise of the username "drpinstripe13," Dr. Cohen, 39, of Stratford, began in October communicating on Instagram with an individual he believed to be a 15-year-old girl. He expressed in graphic detail his desire to engage in sexual activity with the "girl" during numerous chats and sent sexually explicit images of himself, the U.S. attorney's office stated.
The person he was chatting with told Dr. Cohen that she lived out of state but had plans to visit a relative in New York. Trumbull, where his dental practice is located, is about 65 miles away from New York. He expressed an eagerness to reschedule his dental patients to accommodate a meeting with the "minor," according to the attorney's office.
Authorities arrested Dr. Cohen after he traveled to the Stratford train station to meet the "girl."
A U.S. judge ordered he remain detained pending a detention hearing, which has not yet been scheduled.