DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A Vandalia man who worked as a tutor and substitute teacher will spend two years in prison for pandering sexually oriented materials over the internet.
Justin Cohen, 31, must also register as a tier two sex offender.
Cohen was found guilty of all nine counts against him. He was caught after sending pornography to a Troy detective over the internet.
2 NEWS Investigates obtained an order that permanently revokes Justin Cohen’s teaching credentials with the state.
We learned it was signed this week, nearly a month after he plead guilty to possessing child porn and 10 months after he sent child porn to an undercover detective.
Why did it take so long?
A spokesman from the Department of Education told us the state has to wait for paperwork from the court.
Those teaching credentials are one of the reasons Cohen is going to prison.
Cohen stood quietly as a Montgomery County Judge Adkins sentenced him to prison time for possessing more than 1,000 images of child pornography.
Judge Adkins: “Mr. Cohen, anything you would like to say?”
Cohen: “No, sir.”
Cohen will serve two years in prison for activity the judge says expanded over a number of years and involved children.
The judge also pointed out Cohen went to great lengths to hide his pornography from law enforcement.
“You were a trusted member of society,” said Cohen.
2 NEWS Investigates first told you Cohen held a teaching certificate through the state since 2005.
That has since been revoked.
He used it to substitute teach at various Miami Valley Schools. He also previously owned a tutoring company.
The fact that he had such access to children was another reason the judge says he sentenced prison time even though Cohen requested community control, essentially probation.
“I believe granting you community control sanctions would demean the seriousness of this offense. I think a prison sentence is necessary to protect the public from you,” said Judge Adkins.
Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck released a statement after the sentencing saying, “this defendant should not have future access to children in any capacity. The fact that he was a teacher and tutor of children and traded child pornography is reprehensible.”
Cohen ran a tutoring company for disadvantaged children called Reach Your Potential. He also did some substitute teaching for the Dayton Public Schools.