Pioneering New York disc jockey Dave Herman, who faced child sex charge, dies at 78

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NEWARK, N.J. - A pioneering former New York City radio personality awaiting trial on a child sex charge has died. Dave Herman was 78.

Attorney Marc Agnifilo says Herman died Thursday at University Hospital in Newark. He says Herman was rushed to the hospital late Wednesday from the county jail after complaining of chest pains. No official cause of death has been announced.

Herman was a pioneer in rock and roll music at WNEW-FM.

He had been living in St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

He was arrested at the airport there in October on a charge he tried to transport a 7-year-old girl to the Virgin Islands for sex.

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.

Organizations: University Hospital, WNEW-FM

Geographic location: New York City, U.S. Virgin Islands, NEWARK, N.J. Newark

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