By Edwin Folven, 5/26/2011
A West Hollywood attorney convicted in November of trying to arrange sex with someone he believed was a 13-year-old girl was sentenced recently to more than nine years in state prison, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office announced.
Deputy District Attorney Susan Schwartz with the Justice System Integrity Division, said David A. Cohn, 52, was also was ordered to pay $20,000 in fines and to register for life as a sex offender. A jury in November convicted Cohn of 11 felony counts, including four counts of attempted lewd act upon a child, five counts of attempting to send harmful matter to a child with the intent of seduction, one count of arranging to contact a minor with intent to commit a sexual offense, and one count of possessing child pornography. He was also convicted of one misdemeanor count of attempting to contact a minor with intent to commit a sexual offense.
The majority of the crimes occurred between July 17 and July 31, 2007, when the defendant exchanged messages on the Internet with a person whom he thought was 13 years old. According to authorities, Cohn was actually communicating with an FBI agent who is part of the Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (SAFE) Team.