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October 8, 2015

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Radio DJ, college professor accused of attempting to lure a minor for sexual acts

A Las Vegas radio personality accused of attempting to lure a 13-year-old girl through an online chat room will appear in court on July 19 for his arraignment hearing.

Henderson Police arrested radio personality Ronald Kirsh, 53, after a year-and-a-half sting. Kirsh is the owner of Kirsh Media Group and worked as an on-air personality on KJUL 104.7 FM. He also taught a Media Studies course for College of Southern Nevada.

According to a Henderson Police arrest report, Kirsh made inappropriate advances on an undercover detective posing as a 13-year-old girl in a Yahoo! chat room. Officers arrested Kirsh when he attempted to meet her in a shopping center parking lot for inappropriate touching.

The report details the following:

Kirsh first contacted the undercover officer, who posed as an eighth-grade girl, on Oct. 4, 2011, with a message that read: “Wow — someone else ‘real’ in the las vegas (sic) room … what a concept.”

Kirsh continued to chat with the officer off and on for the next year, each time asking for the user’s age and following up with small talk. Kirsh progressed the conversation one year later, asking for a “G”-rated picture and sending a picture of himself.

He then began asking for personal information, including asking if she was still a virgin, and attempted to arrange a meeting at Starbucks that later fell through. He also spoke with a person he believed to be the teenage girl — actually a special agent — over the phone while claiming to be touching himself.

As the conversations progressed, Kirsh made more inappropriate advances. At one point, he sent a pornographic link involving an adult male and a teenage girl.

On June 12, a year and a half after their first conversation, Kirsh made plans to meet who he believed to be the teenage girl in a shopping center parking lot at 350 W. Lake Mead Drive. Henderson Police, Metro Police and the FBI set up surveillance and arrested Kirsh when he arrived.

Kirsh admitted to police that he drove to the location to meet a young girl for “inappropriate touching.”

Kirsh was arrested on a felony charge of using technology to lure a minor.

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