A former Duke University administrator facing a sex crime charge involving his adopted five-year-old son will likely plead guilty later this month.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington D.C. formally charged Frank Lombard with sexual exploitation of a minor Tuesday, a felony that carries with it a 15-year prison sentence.
The charge comes in lieu of a grand jury indictment and is an indication that Lombard will accept the plea agreement, said Ben Friedman, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office.
Lombard will likely plead guilty to the charge Dec. 17, Friedman said.
Lombard's arrest was the result of an elaborate investigation involving the State Bureau of Investigation, Federal Bureau of Investigation and a federal internet crimes task force.
According to an arrest affidavit, Lombard offered up the five-year-old boy for sex with an undercover officer contacted over the Internet.
The victim was one of two adopted children living with Lombard and his live-in male partner, according to the affidavit. Lombard admitted molesting the child but didn't do so when the live-in partner was home, according to the affidavit. (Click on the attachment below to read the affidavit in PDF form.)
Lombard had worked at Duke since 1999 and was associate director of the university's Center for Health Policy. He was a researcher who has obtained millions in federal grants to study HIV/AIDS in the rural south.
He is no longer employed by Duke.