A retired music radio icon was nabbed on Thursday by law enforcement for allegedly attempting to transport a 7-year-old girl from Bergen County, N.J., to the Caribbean in order to sexually abuse the child, according to Homeland Security Investigations officials.
David Herman, who owns homes in Airmont, N.Y., and St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands was arrested by HSI special agents at the St. Croix airport where was supposed to meet the child and the child's mother.
According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, Herman initiated a series of Internet chats on a web site with an undercover officer from the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office whom he believed was the mother of a 6-year-old daughter.
Beginning with that initial online chat with the fictitious mother of a fictitious child in November 2012, the 77-year-old music radio rebel had multiple telephone and Internet communications including Herman's first attempt at arranging a sexual liaison with the girl in either New York or in New Jersey.
In early 2013, Herman told the undercover officer that he would like to fly the supposed 36-year-old mother and the now 7-year-old child to St. Croix so he could engage in sexual activity with the daughter. On Sept. 30, 2013, Herman purchased airline tickets for them to fly from New York City's La Guardia Airport to St. Croix.
Regarded by many as one of the great radio disk jockeys of the '60s and '70s, Herman was well-known throughout the New Jersey and New York region, especially by millions of radio listeners who tuned in each morning to the “Dave Herman Rock And Roll Morning Show" on stations such as the cutting-edge and legendary WNEW-FM in New York.
He is credited with being the first rock DJ to play recordings by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Cream and other bands.
A consummate political radical, Herman was outspoken about his opposition to the Vietnam War and his embrace of socialism.
If convicted, Herman faces between 10 years and life in prison and up to a $250,000 fine.