Former radio DJ faces sex charge in U.S. court

A tearful former New York City radio personality has made his first appearance in federal court, five weeks after he was arrested in the U.S. Virgin Islands and charged with trying to arrange to have sex with a 7-year-old girl.
David Herman (pictured explaining himself) didn’t enter a plea and will remain jailed pending a hearing to determine whether he will be released on bail while he awaits trial. Herman was caught in a sting operation, and his attorney said investigators pushed his client into implicating himself.
Herman believed he was communicating with a 36-year-old single mother with a young daughter, and tried in multiple telephone and online conversations to arrange illegal sexual encounters with the child in New York and New Jersey, investigators said. At one point he allegedly indicated he wanted to fly the pair to St. Croix so he could engage in sexual activity with the child there. The woman was actually an undercover officer and the child was fictional.
Herman purchased airline tickets for the pair to fly from LaGuardia airport to St. Croix,. He arrived at the airport to pick them up, but was instead arrested by special agents of U.S. Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Herman was a well-known disc jockey at FM radio station WNEW in New York.