Written by Tom Troncone
Dave Herman, who got his start on WMMR in Philadelphia and spun tunes for nearly 30 years on New York classic rock station WNEW, was charged Thursday with traveling to the Virgin Islands to have sex with a 7-year-old girl.
Hermann, 77, of Airmont, NY, who also owns a home on St. Croix, was arrested by federal agents at the airport in St. Croix, where he expected to meet the girl, authorities said.
He was scheduled to appear in federal court in St. Croix on Friday.
Herman allegedly started chatting on Yahoo! last November with an undercover officer from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, whom he believed was "Kris," a 36-year-old single mother, federal authorities said.
The conversations continued over the following months, with Herman speaking on the telephone and chatting online with the “woman” and “indicating his desire to engage in sexual activity” with her daughter, "Lexi," authorities said.
Herman told the officer that "age 6 is the perfect time to start her being loved that way" and that he found "girls that age incredibly sexy, soft, and their innocence is also a huge turn on for me," according to the criminal complaint filed in connection with the case.
He promised the woman that he would not hurt her daughter, but that he might have to be forceful with her and ply her with alcohol, authorities allege.
Herman allegedly—and unsuccessfully—attempted to arrange sexual encounters with the child in New York and in Bergen County.
Earlier this year, Herman suggested that he fly the woman and her daughter to St. Croix, where he would take the girl’s virginity, authorities said. On Sept. 30, he bought tickets for the faux mother and daughter.
Herman is charged with attempting to transport a minor in interstate commerce with the intent that the minor engage in sexual activity, a charge that carries a minimum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.Herman hosted the “The Dave Herman Rock And Roll Morning Show” for 27 years on WNEW, from 1972 until 1998. Before that, he launched WMMR's rock programming with his show, "The Marconi Experiment," in 1968.