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University of Tampa professor accused of sex trafficking

According to an arrest affidavit, last Thursday Nathan Madsen went to a website that is known by law enforcement to advertise underage prostitutes.

Tampa, Florida -- The plug has been pulled for now on assistant professor Nathan Madsen. His teaching career in music at the University of Tampa is now on hold.

According to an arrest affidavit, last Thursday Madsen went to a website that is known by law enforcement to advertise underage prostitutes.

Investigators say Madsen, 36, communicated with a man about having a 30-minute sexual encounter with the man's 14-year-old stepdaughter named "Josie" for $140.

10News WTSP tried to track down someone who knows Madsen, but no one answered the door at his Tampa apartment. Madsen's neighbors though had plenty to say.

Elaine Hobdy was stunned.

"Jesus. Jesus. Jesus. It's a shame before God. It is. It really is. People have kids around here and we should be aware of what's going on."

Investigators say when Madsen went to hook up with Josie in an RV park, he brought three condoms and that's when he learned he'd actually been communicating with an undercover federal agent.

10News called the University of Tampa to see why Madsen, who is a visiting professor and teaching on campus since 2014, was entrusted to teach students.

"All UT employees [full-time, part-time and temporary] undergo a national criminal check [national/multi-state criminal database and a 7-year county address search]. Madsen also underwent a State of Florida Level 2 fingerprint background check," says UT spokesman Eric Cárdenas.

Cárdenas says Madsen is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

Hobdy says she can't imagine what the parents of Madsen's students are thinking about the allegations.

"You think about what if that was your child and you had somebody like that -- that was teaching your child -- unprofessional -- you just don't do that kind of stuff."

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