Sunday, July 5, 2009

Duke University's Frank Lombard Charged with Sexual Assault

Duke University's Frank M. Lombard was charged with an attempt to persuade a person he did not realize was an task force officer from the Metropolitan Police Department to travel to North Carolina to have sex with Lombard's 5-year-old adopted child, according to a report obtained by the National Association of Chiefs of Police. In addition, Lombard sexual assaulted his own 5-year old adopted son.

The 42-year old Lombard is charged by complaint with a violation of 18 USC 2242(a); an offense that could result in a maximum sentence of 20 years. The complaint was signed June 24, 2009 in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

Lombard, who is gay, is accused of inviting an undercover officer to have sex with this adopted 5-year-old son. In a search warrant for his home, investigators released a transcript of a Web chat between Lombard and Det. Timothy Palchak of the Washington Metropolitan Police Department. In it, Lombard invited Palchak, who he did not realize was a police detective, to fly to Durham to have sexual contact with the child.

In addition, the criminal complaint alleges Task Force members were told by a confidential source that he/she had witnessed on three or four occasions an individual, alleged to be Lombard, performing oral sex and other sex acts on a child believed to be under the age of ten. The confidential source indicated that he was told that others had sexually molested the child, as well.

The source also told investigators that the individual’s live-in, male partner had not participated in the sexual abuse. The complaint alleges that Lombard subsequently told an MPD undercover detective, posing on line as an interested party, that he had performed multiple sexual acts on his 5-year-old adopted child and that the undercover detective could do the same if he flew to the Raleigh/Durham area.

At that point, an arrest warrant for Lombard’s arrest was obtained. Lombard is the associate director of theCenter for Health Policy at Duke University.

"FL" (Frank Lombard) 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," Det. Palchak wrote in his affidavit.

FBI special agents and officers from the Durham Police Department and North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation arrested Lombard without incident at his home in the Raleigh, North Carolina area the evening of June 24, 2009. Two children at the home, including the 5-year-old child allegedly offered for sex, were taken into protective custody by the North Carolina Department of Social Services.

Lombard, is a licensed clinical social worker with a master's degree in social work. He's well-regarded within academia as a health-disparities researcher who studies HIV/AIDS in the rural South.

Shawn Long, a gay dad in Durham, is an advocate for adoption, and worries that Lombard has cast a shadow on homosexual parents. He told WRAL that he "hopes the news of one person’s alleged crimes does not reflect on his family, or other [gays and lesbians] who want to be parents."

However, in another recent case, a homosexual foster couple were left free to sexually abuse vulnerable boys in their care because social workers feared being accused of discrimination if they investigated complaints, according to a story in Britain's Daily Mail.

In a study by the California School of Professional Psychology, the research with 942 adult participants revealed that gay men and lesbian women reported a significantly higher rate of childhood molestation than did heterosexual men and women. Forty-six percent of the homosexual men in contrast to 7% of the heterosexual men reported homosexual molestation. Twenty-two percent of lesbian women in contrast to 1% of heterosexual women reported homosexual molestation. This research is apparently the first survey that has reported substantial homosexual molestation of girls.
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What is Normal in Child Sexuality?

What is normal in child sexuality? The media is saturated with sexual innuendos and connotations. Sometimes, it's not so hidden, but blatant in your face sexual behavior. Children mimic what they see, hear, witness and experience; the good, the bad and the ugly. Sometimes they are just acting out, sometimes it is much more. How do you know?

The fact is, many instances of child abuse goes unnoticed and unreported, not because people don't care, but because most are not sure what to do.

Ask yourself what you would do in the following situations?

You witness a four-year-old girl masturbating at your son's daycare during nap-time?

Your nephew is spending the weekend with you and your children, you notice him acting out sexually with a toy or another child?

You see a child with two black eyes in Walmart with his drunk father who is verbally abusing the him?

There is ONE answer for all of these situations:

If the child seems to be in immediate danger call 911!

Believe the child! Children rarely lie about abuse, in action or verbally.

Realize that it's not your fault and remove any sense of guilt from yourself and the child.

Do not question the child or the parents, instead comfort her/him and allow the child to express any feelings he/she may have concerning this matter.

Contact your local child welfare department, asap. If you are in Madison County, please call (256) 535-4500. (In most instances, you may remain anonymous)

It's not your job to figure out whether "it" really happened or not, leave that up to the professionals. If you suspect child abuse, your call may save a life.

The situation you come in contact with may not be as drastic as the one's listed above, most cases won't be. In fact, most instances are subtle and gradually become worse. The parents who abuse children are often overwhelmed and unaware of the resources available to them. There are ways they can become the parents their children deserve.

Alabama law is clear on reporting abuse and neglect of children under the age of 18. If you are someone who comes in regular contact with children, you can help. For more information, please visit

If you work with children- physician, nurse, teacher, social worker, director, daycare worker or foster parents- you should be aware of your legal obligation to report incidents of suspected or obvious child abuse and neglect. If you are a concerned citizen, neighbor, friend or family member who is aware of such incidents, please contact Alabama Department of Human Resources.

If you are a survivor of abuse or neglect, there is hope for your future, be encouraged. Help is available and the road to recovery is waiting for you.

For healing workshops and trainings on child sexual abuse please visit,

For more info: To tell your story or to read stories of survivors, please visit,

Child Porn's Dirty Secret: Family Often Behind Lens

He told his young daughter he was going to make her a model.

He shot pictures of her in skimpier and skimpier outfits.

And when she slept, the Tampa man photographed himself molesting her.

He created a Web site, charging strangers to view graphic photos of his daughter. Pedophiles could write in and say what they wanted to see her wearing.

The man was discovered when investigators searching his child-pornography collection noticed that sheets in some of the pictures matched the sheets on his bed.

They also saw explicit pictures of a young girl being molested. Investigators recognized her from family pictures.

The case was not unusual, authorities say.

That's because when children are victims of pornography, the photographers and abusers often are their fathers, stepfathers and grandfathers.

"Some of the darkest stuff you see is produced in people's basements," said Stacy Arruda, who supervises the Tampa FBI's computer crimes unit. "The most common that we see in this area ... is parents and stepparents abusing their own children."

Nearly twice as many children in a nationwide child-porn database were photographed by their parents as were victims of online enticement. The number victimized by parents was nearly seven times that of children exploited by strangers.

There was the case of a Tampa man traced by a Pennsylvania state trooper investigating child pornography on the Internet. When investigators searched his home, the man's 12-year-old daughter was there. Later, as agents reviewed pornographic images on the man's computer, there she was posed on a bed when she was 7.

'Our secret'

Several years ago, prosecutors say, the parents of a 14-year-old girl established a Web site with graphic photos of their daughter. The mother bought the girl provocative clothing; the father took the pictures and molested her. When investigators searched the Tampa-area home, the girl's closet was full of garter belts, stockings and platform shoes.

Then there was the man who took pornographic pictures of his 9-year-old great-granddaughter.

"Make a pretty face," he would tell her.

"Don't tell anybody," he would say afterward. "It will be our secret."

The Bradenton man was prosecuted after his great-granddaughter told her grandmother about the photo sessions. Investigators reviewing photographs discovered the man's 7-year-old great-grandson also was a victim.

When investigators asked the girl why she took off her clothes for her great-grandfather, she said it was because you're supposed to do what your grandparents tell you.

These cases are a dirty secret, and not only in families.

Media reports almost always leave out the relationship between perpetrator and victim in order to protect the child's identity. Most media organizations have policies that bar publishing the identities of sexual assault victims, especially children.

For that reason, the suspects' names also are being withheld in this story.

"Most people would not suspect that a girl's own father would do it," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Colleen Murphy-Davis, who prosecutes such cases.

"It's really shocking," said another Tampa federal prosecutor, Amanda Kaiser. "When you first start, you think, 'How could parents do that? How could they sell their children?' ... It's just sickening."

Some fathers are seeking financial gain, Kaiser said. Others want sexual gratification.

"I think they're sociopaths," she said. "I don't think they have any conscience. I think they lack empathy, and to them, children are just a commodity to be used."

Since Arruda began her job 31/2 years ago, she estimates the office has investigated about 100 such cases. Technology costs are falling, making exploitation easier.

"Anybody with a digital camera can take pictures of whatever they want," she said.

Sometimes male relatives trade photographs with other pedophiles online, Arruda said.

Fathers can get away with being abusers because they can exploit the bond of trust, authorities say. They groom their children to accept what is happening and have the leverage to keep them quiet.

Sometimes, the mothers know.

"You've got one of two situations," Murphy-Davis said. "The mother knows about it, so they figure it's fruitless to tell mom, or they've told her in the past and she's like, 'You're lying.' Or there's just too much shame with going to the mother and saying, 'This is what the man you love is doing to me.'"

Sometimes, the mother supports the abusing father at the expense of the child. One Tampa mother wanted to kick her teenage daughter out of the house and make her live with her grandmother so the father could remain there while his case was pending. The judge was so disgusted he ordered the father jailed. The mother's letter in her husband's defense angered the sentencing judge.

Prison sentences

The charge of producing child pornography carries a prison sentence of up to 30 years; possessing child porn carries up to 10 years; and transporting or shipping child porn brings a minimum mandatory sentence of five years and as long as 20 years.

The Tampa man who created a Web site with graphic photos of his daughter pleaded guilty to all three of those charges and was sentenced to 45 years in federal prison.

"What law enforcement tends to be seeing is that the children who are being used to produce these images are kids being abused in bedrooms and basements and living rooms across the United States and elsewhere," said Michelle Collins, executive director of the Exploited Child Division of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

The division is a clearinghouse for law enforcement to share information when children depicted in pornography are identified. Collins said this helps prevent defendants from arguing that the children in their pornography collections aren't real.

Since the program started in 2003, more than 2,300 children have been identified in pornographic pictures and videos, Collins said.

Of those, 27 percent were photographed by parents or stepparents; 24 percent by neighbors or close family friends; and 10 percent by other relatives.

Just 4 percent were photographed by strangers. The rest were photographed by coaches, babysitters, their parents' boyfriends and girlfriends, or by themselves, often after being enticed by someone they met online.

"The individuals who sexually molest are most likely to molest children who they're a trusted adult toward," Collins said. "That's why there is such a low disclosure rate of children who are abused."

E-Mail Virus Contains Child Porn


The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is warning the public about an e-mail circulating on the Internet that has an explicit child pornography video attached.

The GBI's High Technology Unit said Wednesday that the e-mail distributed by a worm virus has surfaced at least twice in Georgia with a video about six minutes long that shows a man having sex with a 2- or 3-year-old girl.

The GBI cautions people not to open the attachment and to contact the agency if they receive an e-mail containing the following: "VERY Disturbing! TAKE CARE OF YOUR KIDS/ they should kill this man, do not open if your video link".

Because it is a worm virus, it could come from an acquaintance without their knowledge.

The GBI says the FBI is investigating the video.

Child Porn App Disappears from iTunes App Store

And so it should....WTF were they thinking?


BeautyMeter, the app which managed to sneak “child pornography” onto the iPhone, has been pulled from the iTunes App Store.

The application lets users upload pictures of themselves and then other people vote on their face, body and clothes (or lack thereof). The internet was set afire yesterday when it appeared that a 15-year-old girl had uploaded a snap of herself, clearly showing nipples and “partially nude at the bottom” as our own prudish Brian Chen put it yesterday. Probably as a direct consequence, the application is no longer available for download.

The problems for Apple are clear. By setting itself up as a guardian of the store, Apple can’t win. Any time a controversial application is approved, or non-allowed elements are snuck into an application post-approval, Apple is blamed. If these apps are pulled ahead of time, Apple is called out as an evil censor.

In this case, we think that nudity is the only problem. First, if the photo in question was uploaded by the girl herself, who is committing a crime? Second, I have friends who have browsed enough porn sites to know that the ages are almost always revised down. It might say 15 on the page, but that doesn’t mean that it’s true.

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Porn Comes to the iTunes App Store
Child Porn Is Apple’s Latest iPhone Headache
Apple: No Porn Allowed in iPhone’s App Store
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