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Ex-NYC disc jockey facing child sex charge dies

May 29, 2014

NEWARK, New Jersey (AP) — Dave Herman, a pioneering New York City radio personality who was in a New Jersey jail awaiting trial on charges in a child sex sting died Thursday. He was 78.

Herman had been rushed to the hospital late Wednesday after complaining of chest pains, attorney Marc Agnifilo said. No official cause of death was announced.

Herman had been living in St. Croix, where he was arrested at the airport in October on a charge he tried to transport a 7-year-old girl to the U.S. Virgin Islands for sex. Herman allegedly had been awaiting the arrival of a 36-year-old single mother with whom he thought he had been communicating in telephone and online conversations about arranging illegal sexual encounters with her child.

Herman had pleaded not guilty to the federal charge but was denied bail. Agnifilo had suggested that Herman was duped by an undercover police officer.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey said they were moving to dismiss the charges, as is standard practice upon the death of a defendant.

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