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Update: Duke’s Lombard Seeks Plea Deal

Posted By Bethany Stotts On December 2, 2009 @ 7:06 pm In Faculty Lounge | No Comments

Update: Former Duke University [1] employee Frank Lombard will seek a plea agreement to charges that he sexually exploited a minor. Details of the agreement will be made available at a plea hearing on December 17, reports Neil Offen at The Herald Sun [2].

Previously [3]:

Neil Offen at the Herald Sun reports that alleged sex offender and Duke University employee Frank Lombard [4] may be preparing for a plea agreement [5]:

The U.S. Attorney’s Office will file an “information” today in Washington, D.C., District Court against Lombard, charging him with sexual exploitation of a minor. The filing of an information is a legal maneuver by the prosecution that is an alternative to a grand jury indictment, “with the defendant agreeing to be charged by information,” said Ben Friedman, a spokesman for the attorney’s office in the nation’s capital.

The filing of an information, since it implies the defendant’s acceptance of guilt, typically means that a plea agreement is imminent. The one-page information that Lombard will acknowledge today states that he forced a minor to “engage in sexually explicit conduct … for the purpose of transmitting a live visual depiction of such conduct.”

Lombard was the “associate director of the university’s Health Inequalities Program and a Duke employee for 10 years,” according to Offen; he allegedly invited an investigator to come molest his adopted five-year-old, African-American son while his male partner was out of town, telling the undercover agent that he had repeatedly abused the child himself.

Lombard lived at the Eno Commons [6] commune.

Given the sensitive nature of this case, I’ll let those interested in details read the affidavit [7] themselves. (Warning: the attached pdf contains sexually explicit content).

Bethany Stotts is a staff writer at Accuracy in Academia [8].

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[2] The Herald Sun: http://www.heraldsun.com/pages/full_story/push?article-Lombard+faces+long+sentence+in+child+sex+plea+deal%20&id=4973030-Lombard+faces+long+sentence+in+child+sex+plea+deal&instance=most_commented

[3] Previously: http://www.academia.org/dukes-lombard-may-plead-guilty/

[4] Frank Lombard: http://abcnews.go.com/News/story?id=7942546&page=1

[5] preparing for a plea agreement: http://www.heraldsun.com/pages/full_story/push?article-Plea+deal+likely+for+former+Duke+employee%20&id=4961530-Plea+deal+likely+for+former+Duke+employee&instance=homesecondleft

[6] Eno Commons: http://news.google.com/archivesearch?q=%22eno+commons%22+lombard&btnG=Search+Archives&ned=us&hl=en&scoring=a

[7] affidavit: http://www.dallasexaminer.com/SexSlave/.../Frank_Lombard_arrest_affidavit.pdf

[8] Accuracy in Academia: http://academia.org/

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