Sioux Falls Doctor Charged with Human Trafficking
Police arrested a Sioux Falls doctor in connection with human trafficking.
"Thirty-six-year-old Jonathon David Cohen was arrested for human trafficking, promoting prostitution, sexual exploitation of a minor, and solicitation of a minor," according to Sioux Falls Police Lt. Mike Colwill.
"Based upon our investigation, we believe that the relationship between Mr. Cohen and the 16-year-old victim, a runaway from Georgia, began on an on-line dating website."
Colwill says Cohen provided a plane ticket for the girl to fly to Sioux Falls.
"The victim was brought to South Dakota in September of 2016 for approximately four days. On that occasion Mr. Cohen arranged for her flight to come from Georgia to Sioux Falls. She spent approximately four days staying with him at his residence where he provided her with food and a place to stay. The victim stated that during that time she came to South Dakota she was in a sexual relationship with Mr. Cohen."
Colwill says the girl returned to Sioux Falls on October third. While in the city, the two got into an argument.That's when she called police for help.
Cohen, a doctor with Sanford Health, is on administrative leave according to the health care system.