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Dave Herman, a 77-year-old radio legend who in his heyday interviewed Mick Jagger and Bob Dylan, has been busted in a federal sex sting for allegedly seeking sex with a 7-year-old girl.
Herman, who splits his time between Airmont, New York, and St. Croix in the Virgin Islands, was arrested yesterday at the St. Croix airport — where the famed shock jock thought he was meeting a mother and her young daughter, to be served up as the sicko's sex toy.
But the mom with whom Herman had been chatting online was in fact an undercover cop from New Jersey, and agents were waiting to nail the dirty old man.
We've obtained the disturbing criminal complaint, which details his alleged fantasies for molesting "Lexi" and his twisted scheme to lure her into his lair.
Here's what you should know about this alleged pedophile's legendary career and disgusting downfall.
1. He Said Age 6 Is the Perfect Age for a Girl to Become Sexually Active
According to the criminal complaint out of U.S. District Court in New Jersey, penned by Homeland Security agent Mark Lubischer, an undercover cop on November 27, 2012, posed as a 36-year-old mom named Kris who had a 6-year-old daughter named Lexi.
"Kris" engaged in an online conversation with user david121482 (Herman). David121482 told Kris that age is is "the perfect time to start her being loved that way ... I find girls that age incredible sexy, soft, and their innocence is also a huge turn-on for me."
2. He Bought Plane Tickets Fly a Woman & Her 7-Year-Old to the Virgin Islands
After months of correspondence, Herman finally arranged to meet Kris and Lexi by flying them to St. Croix. An undercover female officer posed as Kris on a phone call to make arrangements.
3. He Detailed His Plans for Molesting the Girl
Below is the full criminal complaint. See bullet-points 5 and 9. Be warned: The language is graphic and disturbing.
4. Herman Was a New York Radio Legend in the '70s & '80s
According to this biography, Herman got his start in Asbury Park, Bruce Springsteen's hometown and the rock and roll capitol of the Jersey Shore. After winning a contest in 1968, Herman became Philadelphia radio station WMMR's first Rock and Roll DJ. In 1972, Herman's career hit its stride when he was made the morning host and rock DJ at WNEW in New York City.
He remained there until he was fired in 1998 because his old "classic" rock style of DJ could no longer draw listeners. This New York Times story discusses his dismissal along with other longtime DJs at the station.
This chart from NYradioarchive.com shows the schedule of WNEW during Herman's heyday:
He became a rock and roll legend throughout the '70s and '80s interviewing some of the biggest names in rock and roll. He hung out with Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan and often broadcasted live from some of their most memorable New York concerts.
Above is a video of Herman discussing his career.
5. Herman Sued CBS for $10M After His Wife Called Him a Deadbeat Dad On-Air
Shortly after he was fired, replacements DJs Opie and Anothony had Herman's estranged wife on the air to talk about his awful courtship skills and how he was a "deadbeat dad." According to the Daily News, Herman sued WNEW parent company CBS for making defamatory statements.