NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – A former WNEW radio show host remains in custody following an appearance in federal court in New Jersey on charges he tried to transport a 7-year-old girl to the U.S. Virgin Islands for sex.
Dave Herman, the retired host of the “Dave Herman Rock and Roll Show,” was handcuffed and wore a yellow prison jumpsuit during Wednesday’s court appearance. He appeared gaunt, WCBS 880’s Monica Miller reported.
The 77-year-old appeared to be crying as he looked into the gallery, the Associated Press reported.
According to documents, in November of 2012, Herman began a series of chats on a website with an undercover officer from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office.
Herman believed that he was communicating with a 36-year-old single mother with a then 6-year-old daughter.
Over the course of the following months, Herman had multiple telephone and online communications with the officer during which he allegedly indicated his desire to engage in sexual activity with the officer’s fictitious daughter, authorities said.
“I think that the evidence in total is going to show that Herman was interested in the mother and the mother was introducing the concept of the daughter as part of the undercover scenario,” defense attorney Marc Agnifilio told Miller. “He was on a chat site that dealt mostly with incest.”
In early 2013, Herman told the undercover officer that he would like to fly the pair down to spend a few days with him in St. Croix so that he could engage in sexual activity with the daughter, authorities said. On Sept. 30, Herman purchased airline tickets for them to fly from LaGuardia Airport to St. Croix, authorities said.
Herman is charged with attempting to transport a minor in interstate commerce with the intent of engaging in illegal sexual activity. He could face life in prison if convicted.
Herman is being held in Essex County without bail.
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