Lombard gets 27 years for child sex abuse

Former Duke employee Frank Lombard was sentenced to 27 years in prison for child sex charges Monday.

Previously the associate director for the Health Inequalities Program at the Center for Heath Policy, Lombard was sentenced in a Washington, D.C. courtroom this week after pleading guilty in December to sexual exploitation of a minor—a charge that carries a maximum sentence of 30 years, WRAL reported Tuesday.

The former professor was arrested in June during an Internet sting conducted jointly by the FBI and the Metropolitan Police Department for the District of Columbia’s Child Exploitation Task Force.

According to an affidavit filed by the undercover officer, Lombard offered the officer the opportunity to have sex with his five-year-old adopted son in an online chat. In his plea deal in December, Lombard also admitted to live streaming pornographic images of himself and his son on the Internet, the (Raleigh) News & Observer reported Tuesday.

Lombard, an employee at Duke for 10 years, was placed on administrative leave by the University soon after his arrest and was fired in July.


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