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Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — A former University of Michigan professor who pleaded guilty to traveling to South Florida to have sex with a 14-year-old boy has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports James Cavalcoli, 51, of Ann Arbor was sentenced Wednesday.

Cavalcoli pleaded guilty in January to trying to coerce or entice a minor to engage in sexual activity and traveling with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct.

Authorities said Cavalcoli made arrangements to meet with an undercover Florida Department of Law Enforcement agent, whom he believed to be the boy’s father. He was arrested Aug. 7.

Cavalcoli’s attorney, David Rothman, said Calvalcoli, who was employed as an assistant professor at the UM, has helped save an untold number of lives with his research.

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