There is a Frank Lombard, with a Duke email address, on the vestry of the Episcopal Church of the Advocate in nearby Carrboro, North Carolina (listed here as a “gay friendly” church)... who is involved in anti-racism efforts.
UPDATE: Episcopal Church of the Advocate pulls Lombard’s name from vestry page, PDF from server.
UPDATE: Photo of Lombard in church newsletter?
UPDATE: Church alters newsletter with Lombard photo.
A Duke University official has been charged in federal court with offering his 5-year-old adopted son up for sex. Frank Lombard, associate director at the university’s Global Health Institute, was arrested Wednesday in Raleigh, the FBI said.
An unidentified informant who already faces child porn charges in a different child sex case pointed investigators to Lombard, according to court documents. The informant told investigators he had met Lombard on the Internet four years ago. The informant described in graphic detail how he allegedly observed Lombard molesting an African-American child on four occasions over an Internet video chat service called ICUii.
The informant said, according to court papers, that Lombard, who is white, said that he lived in the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina and that the child was one of two adopted African-Americans in his custody.
Lombard has been charged with attempting to induce someone to cross state lines to engage in sex with a child, punishable by a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
Lombard allegedly used the adult Internet service to conduct his video chats. According to an affidavit in support of the arrest warrant, the Internet service indicated that Lombard’s profile “stated he was interested in “perv fam fun,” a reference to “incestuous child molestation.” The service also told investigators that a customer service complaint had been sent to the company in January 2007. A customer who had chatted with Lombard complained to the company that Lombard said he was “into incest” and had adopted two African-American children, court records said.
A Washington, D.C., police detective who was investigating the case set up undercover chats with someone matching Lombard’s description during which the detective says he was invited to fly to Raleigh to have sex with the person’s 5- year-old adopted child. In his affidavit, Det. Timothy Palchak wrote that he engaged in a chat with someone using the screen name “FL” who provided nude pictures of himself. The pictures matched Lombard’s North Carolina driver’s license photo, according to the affidavit.
During the chats, according to the affidavit, “FL” told undercover investigators that he had himself molested his child, whom he adopted as an infant, and that he had allowed others to molest his child. “FL” stated that “the abuse of the child was easier when the child was too young to talk or know what was happening, but that he had drugged the child with Benadryl during the molestation,” Palchak wrote in his affidavit.
The affidavit is available here, but I warn you it’s very graphic. Frankly, it’s disgusting, but disgusting doesn’t even begin to describe what Lombard is accused of. I am warning everyone: Do not quote from it in the comments.
Mr. Lombard has a Facebook page, which I’ve archived here. I’ve pixelated the names of his friends, since it’s highly unlikely they’re all aware of - much less approve of - the kind of activity for which he’s been arrested, but the actual page is available unaltered (at the time of this writing) at the URL visible in the browser address field in the linked image. As you can see, Lombard is a fan of Bishop Gene Robinson.
Now, it’s true that anyone can be a fan of anyone else on Facebook. Gene Robinson has plenty of fans who aren’t even Episcopalian, aren’t gay, and are not accused of drugging and molesting their own adopted children. If that were the case, we might mention this story in passing and leave it at that.
What makes this story more than something to mention in passing, is that there is a Frank Lombard, with a Duke email address, on the vestry of the Episcopal Church of the Advocate in nearby Carrboro, North Carolina (listed here as a “gay friendly” church)... who is involved in anti-racism efforts.
We will update this story as it develops.
11:03 am: Here is a page listing Lombard as an associate director of Duke’s Center for Health Policy’s Health Inequalities Program.
11:38 am: The Episcopal Church of the Advocate is busy erasing all traces of Lombard from their web site. Minutes ago they pulled Lombard’s name from the vestry listing at their site. Fortunately, Google has this cached version available, and we’ve archived this screen capture on our server. Calls to the church during this time have gone directly to voice mail.
11:46 am: The Episcopal Church of the Advocate has also pulled the “Who’s Who” PDF from their server, previously located here. Our cached version is here.
12:10 pm: Is this a photo of Lombard in the February 3, 2008 edition of the church’s newsletter? Go to the second page, photo at the very bottom, top of steps in the center. Use the zoom button to zoom in to 400%, and compare to this photo.
June 28, 8:28 am: The Episcopal Church of the Advocate has altered the newsletter PDF referenced above. Their altered version is found here on their web site. We saved the original version and cached it here.