While Frank Lombard awaits his transfer to Washington, D.C., to face child sex charges, some Triangle dads worry that his alleged crimes could reflect poorly on their desire to raise a family.
Lombard, who is gay, is accused of inviting an undercover officer to have sex with his 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.
Lombard told Palchak that he shared his home at 24 Indigo Creek Trail in Durham with a homosexual partner, but that partner did not know about his activities. Authorities have not arrested the partner, and do not suspect he was involved in any crimes.
Those who oppose adoptions by same-sex couples will point to this crime as proof that all gay people everywhere are unfit to parent. They'll claim that this crime tells us everything we need to know about gay parents. They'll insist that this case demonstrates why "every child deserves a mother and a father." The same people insist that incidents of child abuse perpetrated by heterosexual parents are isolated and tell us nothing about the general fitness of straight people to parent—and they're right. But the same applies to this incident: some people, gay and straight, are scum and shouldn't have kids, bio or adopted.
And... man. If this guy is guilty, I hope he goes to prison for the rest of his fucking life. And I hope the police caught him before his kid was abused. And, if his partner wasn't involved, my heart goes out to that guy. How awful.
UPDATE: More details are out now—and they're utterly horrifying.