From EAG News:
WESTON, Fla. – A University of Michigan professor and self-professed “boy lover” was arrested in Florida after he allegedly attempted to meet up with what he thought was a 14-year-old boy for sex.
The FBI Child Exploitation Task Force and officers with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement greeted James Cavalcoli, 51, at a Florida hotel last week when the U of M assistant professor of computational medicine and bioinformatics arrived for a prearranged meeting, the Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.
FDLE Agent Donald Cannon set up the sting by posing as the father of a 14-year-old boy and conversing with Cavalcoli online for 18 months before arranging to meet the man for a “real-time sexual experience” with the boy.
“In the messages, Cavalcoli referred to himself as a ‘bl,’ which stands for ‘boy lover,’” MLive.com reports.
Cavalcoli allegedly first went to Tampa for a conference then rented a car and drove to the hotel for the rendezvous.
The U of M prof allegedly told investigators in a video-recorded interview after his arrest that he planned to call off the meeting when he arrived.
“He advised that when he arrived he was going to tell the person it wasn’t a good idea,” Cannon testified, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
Federal prosecutor Francis Viamontes told the court Cavalcoli said “he has urges when he’s around children, sexual urges,” and requested that he be held without bond, which the judge granted.
“The weight of the evidence against the defendant is substantial,” U.S. Magistrate…