American collared in St Croix on child exploitation charges

NEW JERSEY, United States, Tuesday October 29, 2013, CMC – The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency says a retired New York radio personality has been arrested for attempting to transport a seven-year-old girl to St Croix in the US Virgin Islands “to sexually abuse the girl.”

ICE said the investigation was conducted by its Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Newark, San Juan, Puerto Rico and the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office in New Jersey.

ICE reported that David Herman, 77, of Airmont, New York and St Croix, was arrested by HSI special agents at the St Croix airport on Thursday, “where he expected to meet the child.”

He is scheduled to appear in the St Croix Federal court on Friday for an initial appearance.

According to court documents, in November 2012, Herman initiated a series of chats on a website with an undercover officer from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office.

Herman believed he was communicating with a 36-year-old single mother of a six-year-old daughter.

“Over the course of the following months, Herman had multiple telephone and online communications with the officer during which he indicated his desire to engage in sexual activity with the officer’s fictitious daughter,” court documents stated.

Herman also “attempted to arrange illegal sexual encounters with the child in New York state and Bergen County.”

In early 2013, Herman told the undercover officer that he would like to fly the pair to St Croix “so he could engage in sexual activity with the daughter.”

On September 30, he purchased airline tickets for them to fly from LaGuardia Airport in New York to St Croix.

If convicted, Herman faces between 10 years and life in prison and a fine of up to US$250,000. Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)