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Ex-Duke employee to plead guilty to child sex charge

Posted December 1, 2009 3:03 p.m. EST

— A former Duke University employee has agreed to plead guilty to a federal charge of sexual exploitation of a minor, authorities said Tuesday.

Frank M. Lombard, 42, of 24 Indigo Creek Trail in Durham, will enter the plea in federal court in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 17, authorities said. He likely will face 15 years in prison, authorities said.

Authorities on Tuesday filed a in the case, indicating that they were negotiating a plea and didn't want to pursue an indictment against Lombard.

According to the filing, Lombard coerced a minor, identified only as "M.L.," into engaging in sexual conduct so that Lombard could transmit a live video of it over the Internet.

Lombard was arrested in June after authorities said Washington police caught him in a sting operation soliciting an adult to have sex with his adopted 5-year-old child.

Duke fired Lombard in July from his position as associate director of the university's Center for Health Policy.