Pacific Palisades News
Man Charged For Attempted Sex Date With Minor
By Daniel Antolin
Sep 19, 2011 - 12:31:22 PM

Photo Courtesy of LAPD Twitter Website
PACIFIC PALISADESDuring early September, a 34-year-old music teacher was arrested and charged by police for allegedly trying to meet up with an 11-year-old girl in Pacific Palisades in order to have sex with her. He is currently out on bail.

Joseph Lee Hedderich of Culver City 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.

The Los Angeles Country District Attorney's Office has since formally charged Hedderich with multiple counts including attempted lewd act upon a child, meeting minor for lewd purposes, sending harmful matter and contact with minor for sexual offense.

The LAPD's Sexually Exploited Child Unit told Canyon News that Hedderich's next court appearance has yet to be determined and that his 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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