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Man Pleads Not Guilty To Sex Date With Minor
Posted by Daniel Antolin on Sep 22, 2011 - 1:56:10 PM

Photo Courtesy of LAPD Twitter Website
PACIFIC PALISADESOn Thursday, September 22, a 34-year-old music teacher who was arrested by police for allegedly trying to meet up with an 11-year-old girl in Pacific Palisades for a sex date pleaded not guilty to multiple related charges in Los Angeles Superior Court.

Joseph Lee Hedderich of Culver City entered his not guilty plea at an arraignment hearing before Jude Keith Schwartz, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office. He is scheduled to appear in court again on October 25.

Hedderich was arrested on September 1 at 12 p.m. by officers of the Los Angeles Police Department's Juvenile Division with assistance from the Los Angeles Regional Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, a news release and booking data state.

This arrest took place after authorities set up Hedderich by assuming the girl's identity with which he allegedly had contact via an I-touch digital device he gave her. Via this device, Hedderich had sent her inappropriate photographs and email messages that her parent eventually discovered.

Her parent alerted police, who used the device to continue to contact Hedderich and arrange a meeting in Pacific Palisades at which he was arrested on September 1.

After Hedderich's arrest at 1:04 p.m., he was booked on attempted oral copulation with a minor under 14. He was released on $100,000 on September 2 at 12:41 a.m.

Deputy District Attorney Bradley McCartt of the Sex Crimes Division said in the news release that Heddrich has been formally charged with multiple counts including attempted lewd act upon a child, meeting minor for lewd purposes, sending harmful matter and contact with minor for a sexual offense.

If convicted of these charges, Hedderich could be sentenced to a maximum of six years and four months in prison.

The LAPD's Sexually Exploited Child Unit told Canyon News that Hedderich's photo may yet be released. This is still under consideration.

Hedderich works as an independent musical teacher for the Colburn School of Performing Arts, the Westside Academy of Dance, The California Institute of the Arts and the Los Angeles Ballet.


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