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UT music professor charged in sex sting

Posted at 4:37 PM, Mar 08, 2016
Agents spent an hour and a half Tuesday night searching the home of a University of Tampa professor. 
 
They knocked and then yelled they had a search warrant as part of a federal investigation.
 
Nathan Madsen, the 35-year-old music professor and director of the university's community orchestra, was arrested during an undercover sting by Homeland Security agents last week. Madsen faces child sex trafficking charges for trying to pay for sex with a 14-year-old girl.
 
According to court documents, Madsen responded to an online ad for sex with two girls. He communicated via text messaging with an undercover agent pretending to be the stepfather of 18- and 14-year-old girls and acting as the girls' pimp. In one text Madsen was asked who he wants. He responded, "the younger one," according to court records. He agreed to pay $140 for half an hour.
 
Madsen then traveled to an RV park where he met another undercover agent pretending to be the young girl. Agents said he had the money, condoms and seemed nervous.
 
On Tuesday, a federal judge set his bond at $30,000. Some of the conditions for his release included being monitored by a GPS system. He won’t be allowed internet access, unsupervised visits with children, must not travel out of the Middle District of Florida and will be on a 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew.
 
ABC Action News confirmed with Madsen's brother he was released Tuesday evening. His neighbors expressed concerns Madsen bonded out.
 
"I'm not okay with that, you know, because they have him on GPS monitoring that don't mean anything. I would be very cautious if I had younger kids around here," one neighbor said.
 
Another neighbor said Madsen was quiet.
 
"Well if you got a 14-year-old child, you're going to be very cautious," one neighbor said.
 
According to the University of Tampa, Madsen is on administrative leave.
 
Nathan Madsen, the 35-year-old music professor and director of the university's community orchestra, was arrested during an undercover sting by Homeland Security agents.
 
According to court documents, Madsen responded to an online ad for sex with two girls. He communicated via text messaging with an undercover agent pretending to be the stepfather of 18- and 14-year-old girl and acting as the girls' pimp. In one text Madsen was asked who he wants. He responds, "the younger one," according to court records. He agreed to pay $140 for half an hour.
 
Madsen then traveled to an RV park where he met another undercover agent pretending to be the young girl. Agents said he had the money, condoms and seemed nervous.
 
On Tuesday, a federal judge set his bond at $30,000. If released, he will be monitored by a GPS system. He won’t be allowed internet access, unsupervised visits with children, must not travel out of the Middle District of Florida and will be on a 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew.