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Duke University official charged with offering boy for sex

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Associated Press / June 27, 2009
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WASHINGTON - A Duke University official has been arrested and charged with offering a 5-year-boy for sex.

Frank Lombard, the school’s associate director of the Center for Health Policy, was arrested after an Internet sting, according to the FBI’s Washington field office and the city’s police department.

According to an affidavit by District of Columbia police Detective Timothy Palchak, an unnamed informant facing charges in his own child sex case led authorities to Lombard. Authorities said that Lombard tried to persuade a person - whom he did not know was a police officer - to travel to North Carolina to have sex with the child. The court papers say Lombard even suggested which hotel he should use.

The detective’s affidavit charges Lombard said in an online chat with the detective that he had sexually molested the boy.

Lombard was charged in federal court in Washington with attempting to induce someone to cross state lines to engage in sex with a child. If convicted, he could face 20 years in prison.