Lawyer Marc Agnifilo told The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger Herman was interested in the officer, a female detective with the Bergen County prosecutor's office in New Jersey who was posing as the mother of a young girl -- who did not, in fact, exist.
Herman, 77, who worked for WNEW-FM, New York, in the 1970s during the golden age of FM rock, has homes in New York's Westchester County and St. Croix. He was arrested at the St. Croix airport where he allegedly planned to meet the supposed mother and daughter, and is being held in jail in the U.S. Virgin Islands pending a transfer to New Jersey to face federal charges.
Prosecutors say the undercover officer, who used the name "Kris," encountered Herman on line. She told him she had a young daughter named Lexi, The Star-Ledger reported Thursday.
Agnifilo said the "mother" sent a photo of herself.
"She was, in his estimation, reasonably attractive, and I think he was looking forward to meeting her and the way that the detective created this scenario, the only way to meet ... was to engage in this banter regarding the child," he told The Star-Ledger.
Prosecutors said that some of the messages Herman sent the detective showed a distinct sexual interest in the child.
"I find girls that age incredibly sexy, soft, and their innocence is also a huge turn on for me," he allegedly told the detective.
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