NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A rock-and-roll radio personality has been arrested for allegedly trying to set up a rendezvous with a 7-year-old New Jersey girl in the Virgin Islands.
Dave Herman, the retired host of the “Dave Herman Rock and Roll Show,” was arrested at the St. Croix airport Thursday, New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Herman, 77, is scheduled to appear Friday for an initial appearance in St. Croix Federal Court.
According to documents, in Nov. 2012, Herman began a series of chats on a Web site 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 6-year-old daughter.
Over the course of the following months, Herman had multiple telephone and online communications with the officer during which he indicated his desire to engage in sexual activity with the officer’s fictitious daughter, authorities said.
Herman also attempted to arrange illegal sexual encounters with the child in New York and Bergen County, authorities said.
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 faces a minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum penalty of life in prison if convicted.
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