NEWARK, N.J. - Dave Herman, 78, a pioneering FM radio personality who was in a New Jersey jail awaiting trial on charges in a child-sex sting, died Thursday, his lawyer said.
Mr. Herman, who launched his prolific on-air career at Philadelphia's WMMR-FM (93.3) in the 1960s, died at University Hospital in Newark, attorney Marc Agnifilo said. Mr. Herman was rushed to the hospital late Wednesday from the county jail after complaining of chest pains, Agnifilo said. No official cause of death was announced.
Mr. 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 of a young daughter; authorities contended that he thought he had been communicating with her online and by telephone about arranging an illegal sexual encounter with the child.
Mr. Herman had pleaded not guilty to the federal charge, but was denied bail. Agnifilo had suggested that Mr. Herman was duped by an undercover police officer.