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Ex-Duke employee pleads guilty to child sex charge

Posted December 17, 2009

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— A former Duke University employee pleaded guilty in Washington, D.C., Thursday to a federal child sex charge, authorities said.

Frank M. Lombard, 42, of 24 Indigo Creek Trail in Durham, was arrested in June after authorities said Washington police caught him in a sting operation.

He was fired from his position as associate director of the Center for Health Policy at Duke in July and has been in a D.C. jail since August.

In court documents, an undercover member of the Washington Metropolitan Police Department described an online chat in which someone named "F.L." invited him to Durham to have sexual contact with his adopted 5-year-old son.

The officer made contact with "F.L" after an informant told FBI agents that he saw a man called “cooper2” perform sex acts on a young African-American child via online chats on multiple occasions. The informant's description of "cooper2" corresponded with the description of Lombard.

Lombard was charged with attempting to induce someone to cross state lines to engage in a sexual offense. He pleaded to sexual exploitation of a minor, a charge which carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison. After a sentencing hearing in March, he will be transferred to federal prison, authorities said.

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  • tcrider Dec 18, 2009

    The Duke Lacrosse story was one that went on and on, with faculty and students protesting, the group of 88 sending letters in the N&O calling resignations, and Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson calling for JUSTICE!

    Now we have a white Duke employee raping a 5 year old black boy and not a peep.

    Where's the outrage?

    Is it because the perp is gay?

  • BraveHeart Dec 18, 2009

    once he gets to central prison...you can believe that some of the inmates will make him pay and pay dearly

  • Lead by Example Dec 18, 2009

    Minx,

    I agree, the sex crime also deserves a life sentence.

  • mewuvbb Dec 17, 2009

    When we read of partner, is his partner a guy or a woman?? or a he/she or a she/he. Never mind, I do not think there should be a plea agreement to anything that involves killing,sexually abusing, or any crime that destroys a life of a child. PERIOD! WAKE UP AMERICA COURTROOM AND DA'S

  • sfate61 Dec 17, 2009

    "Is the five year old adopted child with his partner, or who has custody of this child"

    Yes, one that pleaded guilty and his partner adopted this child. THere is also an older child who is also african american who was also adopted. As far as I know, the partner has custody of the child, but not for sure. But he should have gotten more than maxium sentence.

  • luvgodforever700 Dec 17, 2009

    Yeah, sex with a child is rape, and trying to give the child to ANYONE for sex is human trafficking. That man is disgusting and the fact that he got to plead to a lesser crime is unreal. I agree, there seems to be stiffer penalties for crimes such as drug violations and bank robberies than there are for raping and murdering a child. What is this country coming to?

  • Myra Dec 17, 2009

    Antoinette Davis gave her 5 yr old daughter, Shaniya Davis, to a man for sex and it's called trafficking a child for sex. .... A DUKE OFFICIAL performs sex with his 5 yr old adopted son on the internet and offers the child for sex across state lines and this is called "exploitation of a minor". Isn't have sex with a 5 yr old child RAPE? Why was he allowed to PLEAD to lesser offense? What is the MINIMUM sentence? Why wasn't he tried in North Carolian where the offense occured? Are all the Federal Courts closed? So many questions - so few answers.

  • minx Dec 17, 2009

    SUSPECT IN BANK ROBBERY PLEADS GUILTY. PROSECUTORS SAY THEY WOULD SEEK A LIFE SENTENCE. TRUE STORY
    EX DUKE EMPLOYEE PLEADS GUILTY TO CHILD SEX CHARGE. A MAXIMUM SENTENCE OF 30 YEARS IN PRISON.ALSO A TRUE STORY

    IS IT ME OR IS SOMETHING TERRIBLY WRONG WITH HOW WE DO THINGS IN THIS COUNTRY I'M LITERALLY SICK TO MY STOMACHE RIGHT NOW

  • mstan Dec 17, 2009

    Horrifying...

  • bcarolinabreeze Dec 17, 2009

    What is wrong with people?!

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