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Durham man faces long prison term for sex crimes against adopted child

Posted March 30, 2010

— A former Duke University employee should serve "a substantial period of incarceration" followed by a lifetime of supervision for sex crimes against a child, according to sentencing guidelines for the crime filed last week in district court.

Frank M. Lombard, 43, was sentenced Monday to 27 years in prison. He pleaded guilty in December to a federal child sex charge. He was arrested in June after authorities said Washington police caught him in a sting operation.

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.

In recommending the sentence, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. wrote, "The defendant betrayed the trust of his adopted child in the most deplorable way imaginable. His child became nothing more than a pawn in his persistent attempts to gratify himself by sexually molesting him and chatting online with as many other pedophiles as possible."

Lombard 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.


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  • Butterfly Mar 31, 2010

    "also feel the fbi should stop pretending to be children on line and find some serious crime to stop."

    So catching people selling children online isn't a serious crime? I hope and pray you don't have any children. Thank god the FBI caught this man or god knows how many more years of abuse this innocent child would have had to endure. 27 yrs is not enough for this man!! I hope and pray he is placed in General population and he will get the justice he deserves.

  • boatrokr Mar 31, 2010

    Eric, abuse as an excuse is a slap to those of us who endured abuse yet NEVER inflicted this on other people. We knew it was wrong when it was done to us, so we didn't do it.

  • boatrokr Mar 31, 2010

    It is very hard to get people to believe you if you're adopted and abused. You are viewed as a vindictive, ungrateful liar. It's amazing what excuses LEOs and medical professionals will accept as excuses from your parents for injuries just because they know you're adopted. The stereotype of the adoptee as a poor, unwanted orphan and the adopters as magnanimous saints prevails even after the examples of Christina Crawford and Lisa Steinberg. Been there, had to live with that.

  • eric52272 Mar 30, 2010

    also feel the fbi should stop pretending to be children on line and find some serious crime to stop

  • eric52272 Mar 30, 2010

    we don't know what kind of childhood this man had...he may have been doing what he was taught

  • kbo80 Mar 30, 2010

    Good he should be dead in 27 years.

  • dlentz2 Mar 30, 2010

    This guy just makes me sick. I really don't have words to example the way it makes me feel. That poor child!!!

  • One Good Dad Mar 30, 2010

    27 years is still not long enough to me....

  • cocker_mom Mar 30, 2010

    hardwork - I know - how do you keep this quiet though? I'd love to be able to protect the child from this any further, but at what point do you not have to show the face of the perpetrator and at least tell what they did in case anyone else can come forward?

    Difficult to draw the line between privacy and protecting the victim and the public welfare.

    By the same token - perhaps it is helpful that his face has been plastered all over the news / papers so that he'll be easier to identify when he shows up in the bog house.

  • hardwork919 Mar 30, 2010

    I thought when parents sexually assaulted their children, the names weren't released so that no one knows who the child is. Is that different in the case of adopted children?