Boy adopted by Frank M. Lombard and Kenneth Shipp

5-year-old boy, adopted by Frank M. Lombard and his partner Kenneth Shipp was allegedly sexually abused by his adoptive father, Lombard. In a sting operation by Washington DC, Metropolitan Police Department, Lombard was arrested offering his adopted son for sexual exploitation over the internet. There was a 2nd child in the household. Shipp may have been unaware of the abuse.
Date: 2009-06-24
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse, Sexual exploitation
Abuser: Adoptive father


Durham, North Carolina
United States
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Thank God Lombard Was Stopped

Thank God Lombard was stopped before the baby was sold for sex. Let’s pray the child gets the love and support he needs to grow up strong and live in peace.

My name is Keith Smith. I was abducted, beaten and raped by a stranger. It wasn’t a neighbor, a coach, a relative, a family friend or teacher. It was a recidivist pedophile predator who spent time in prison for previous sex crimes; an animal hunting for victims in the quiet suburbs of Lincoln, Rhode Island.

I was able to identify the guy and the car he was driving. He was arrested and indicted but never went to trial. His trial never took place because he was brutally beaten to death in Providence before his court date. 34 years later, no one has ever been charged with the crime.

In the time between the night of my assault and the night he was murdered, I lived in fear. I was afraid he was still around town. Afraid he was looking for me. Afraid he would track me down and kill me. The fear didn’t go away when he was murdered. Although he was no longer a threat, the simple life and innocence of a 14-year-old boy was gone forever. Carefree childhood thoughts replaced with the unrelenting realization that my world wasn’t a safe place. My peace shattered by a horrific criminal act of sexual violence.

Over the past 34 years, I’ve been haunted by horrible, recurring memories of what he did to me. He visits me in my sleep. There have been dreams–nightmares actually–dozens of them, sweat inducing, yelling-in-my-sleep nightmares filled with images and emotions as real as they were when it actually happened. It doesn’t get easier over time. Long dead, he still visits me, silently sneaking up from out of nowhere when I least expect it. From the grave, he sits by my side on the couch every time the evening news reports a child abduction or sex crime. I don’t watch America’s Most Wanted or Law and Order SVU, because the stories are a catalyst, triggering long suppressed emotions, feelings, memories, fear and horror. Real life horror stories rip painful suppressed memories out from where they hide, from that recessed place in my brain that stores dark, dangerous, horrible memories. It happened when William Bonin confessed to abducting, raping and murdering 14 boys in California; when Jesse Timmendequas raped and murdered Megan Kanka in New Jersey; when Ben Ownby, missing for four days, and Shawn Hornbeck, missing for four years, were recovered in Missouri.

Despite what happened that night and the constant reminders that continue to haunt me years later, I wouldn’t change what happened. The animal that attacked me was a serial predator, a violent pedophile trolling my neighborhood in Lincoln, Rhode Island looking for young boys. He beat me, raped me, and I stayed alive. I lived to see him arrested, indicted and murdered. It might not have turned out this way if he had grabbed one of my friends or another kid from my neighborhood. Perhaps he’d still be alive. Perhaps there would be dozens of more victims and perhaps he would have progressed to the point of silencing his victims by murdering them.

Out of fear, shame and guilt, I’ve been silent for over three decades, not sharing with anyone the story of what happened to me. No more. The silence has to end. What happened to me wasn’t my fault. The fear, the shame, the guilt have to go. It’s time to stop keeping this secret from the people closest to me, people I care about, people I love, my long-time friends and my family. It’s time to speak out to raise public awareness of male sexual assault, to let other survivors know that they’re not alone and to help survivors of rape and violent crime understand that the emotion, fear and memories that may still haunt them are not uncommon to those of us who have shared a similar experience.

My novel, Men in My Town, was inspired by these actual events. Men in My Town is available now at

For those who suffer in silence, I hope my story brings some comfort, strength, peace and hope.

For additional information, please visit the Men in My Town blog at

For those keeping score...

Thank God Lombard was stopped before the baby was sold for sex.

Actually, the child was purchased/sold through adoption THEN, according to reports, he was used and abused, sexually by a pedophile who fits the description of an associate director at Duke University's Global Health Institute.

According to the most recent article related to this case,

A Washington, D.C., police detective who was investigating the case set up undercover chats with someone matching Lombard's description during which the detective says he was invited to fly to Raleigh to have sex with the person's 5- year-old adopted child. In his affidavit, Det. Timothy Palchak wrote that he engaged in a chat with someone using the screen name "FL" who provided nude pictures of himself. The pictures matched Lombard's North Carolina driver's license photo, according to the affidavit.

During the chats, according to the affidavit, "FL" told undercover investigators that he had himself molested his child, whom he adopted as an infant, and that he had allowed others to molest his child. "FL" 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," Palchak wrote in his affidavit.  [ Duke U. Official Caught in Alleged Child Sex Sting ]

I'm not sure if the other adults PAID the adoptive father money to molest the child, but does that really matter?

The way I see it,  the first time this child was sold for sex , it was through an adoption agency... an agency that may very well still be in operation... and that disgusts me.

reminders that disgust...

I'm sitting here with my daughter K...  sometimes we discuss things she remembers; sometimes things I just need to know.  She's learned to be open with me and I'm very pleased she can trust me.
Reading here brought out a lot of resentment and disgust for us.  The years a pedophile can conceal his true identity are the years that a child can not get back.  And that amount of time is no where near the time that should be taken from the pedophile.
DM (damn/dumb man) got 25 years/serving 17 1/2... 14 1/2 left.  But we DO have a say whether he gets out even then.  WE, the victims of a horrendously evil betrayal have a say.  Do you know how good that feels?
He was only playing nice these past three years, thinking that I would be the place he could parole to...  and that took me 3 years to realize.  He totally suckered me for three more years... again... but not ever again.  K and I are both realizing just how much of a con artist he is.  How sad is this? 
But now that I know the WHOLE truth and have confronted him with it; have told him there is no way anyone would be there for him when/if he gets out... he walked away.  Does it hurt?  Sure it hurts; hurts knowing I was blinded one last time.
And reading here of an adoptive father who used and let others use his adopted child...  how can I tell you of the disgust and sorrow it brings me?  K and I do understand the pain, from both sides.

What did I ever do to deserve this... Teddy

WHO Approved this child-rapist pedophile to adopt infants?

I am horrified and sick at heart for this child/children..who were adopted by this child-rapist pedophile. The horrificness of what he did to this young boy (since infancy) and possibly the other adopted little more than my heart and mind can digest.

Lombard was degreed, titled and held an important position at Duke University.
""Lombard, a licensed clinical social worker with a master's degree in social work, is a health-disparities researcher who studies HIV/AIDS in the rural South.""

Was he given special treatment to adopt infants based on his degrees, title, position and who his employer was? Were the 'stringent requirements' of adopting an infant, made lax in favor of his degrees, title, position and place of employment..Duke University? Was this a private adoption, agency adoption or did he adopt from his county/state child welfare depts.?? I have seen no mention whatsoever, anywhere.. about who engineered these adoptions of infants placed in the custody of this sexual deviant. I think whoever 'placed' these children have a measure of culpability or at the very least the responsibility to answer some very pertinent questions about how they 'screen' those wishing to adopt...and especially the homestudy of this sexual deviant.
Adoption does not guarantee a better life, only a different life. And in the case of these poor babes...a horrific one!

who ok-ed the adoption...

".and especially the home study of this sexual deviant."

My husband was a sexual deviant who passed 8 home studies:  1 for foster care and 7 adoptions.  He was the most sincere and stealthy human being on the planet at those times.  He fooled a whole town.  These deviants are honed liars and con-artists; it's their life. 
The woman who did our home studies was a very seasoned worker who saw NOTHING.  It happens every day.  She lives with this every day of her life.  She retired not long after learning of DM's demise...  Not all workers are fully to blame for this BECAUSE of the ability of a Pedophile to fool the world, for a time. 

What did I ever do to deserve this... Teddy


Not all workers are fully to blame for this BECAUSE of the ability of a Pedophile to fool the world, for a time.

I partially agree on this one with you. If you read the home study as performed by Nancy Simproni, in the Masha Allen's case, it is apparent the social worker didn't even try to find out if there was potentially anything wrong. Matthew Mancuso was good at conning people, but the social worker didn't really bother to investigate either.

Social workers and adopters usually belong to the same socio-economic class, often they even share the same religion. So from a social workers point of view, adopters belong to their own ingroup, a group in which all these horrible things don't happen. Everyone agrees there are paedophiles, it just never is someones neighbour or colleage. These creeps always live some place else.

Yet there usually are red flags. Matthew Mancuso requested a girl in the age of 5 or 6. Why so specific? Well the answer is simple, he was sexually attracted to girls that age, that's why he starved Masha to keep her small. Frank Lombard probably had a thing for African American boys; he and his partner after all adopted two African American boys and made contributions to The Genesis Home. Just look at the front page of their website and you'll see where his attractions lies.

Social workers belonging to the same socio-economic class as the adopters, usually don't decode those red flags the way an outsider would. Instead of seeing the sexual attraction, they see the humanitarian drive to help homeless African American children in cases such as Lombard's, or the loss of a daughter through divorce as in Mancuso's case.

It's easier to be skeptical when there is a distance. The most flagrant example thereof was the onset to the war in Iraq. At the time many people in Europe didn't believe the story of weapons of mass destruction, while most people in the US did. For people in Europe it was easier to be skeptical, it was not our government making up these stories. From a distance it was obvious how the manipulation worked, but I understand for an American there was a much bigger hurdle to overcome to reach the necessary level of skepticism. The same is true with home studies. It requires skepticism, but if the adopter could be your neighbour, or is just like a college friend, it's harder to be skeptical and see the red flags waving as blatantly as for someone who is a total outsider.

a real good point...

"Social workers and adopters usually belong to the same socio-economic class, often they even share the same religion. "
This was exactly the case for us...   She was an adoptive parent, too.  She was older...  The first worker told my husband this:
"I approved you because you remind me so much of my brother who I love dearly."
Can I hear some more gagging out there????

What did I ever do to deserve this... Teddy

The Homestudy

Was he given special treatment to adopt infants based on his degrees, title, position and who his employer was? Were the 'stringent requirements' of adopting an infant, made lax in favor of his degrees, title, position and place of employment..Duke University?

I don't think there should be any doubt -- income, job position, group affiliation and name-dropping definitely influence the powers behind child placement.

I think whoever 'placed' these children have a measure of culpability or at the very least the responsibility to answer some very pertinent questions about how they 'screen' those wishing to adopt...and especially the homestudy of this sexual deviant.

I have read (in various adoption-support sites) many PAP's complain about the very personal (invasive) questioning that takes place during the home-study process.  According to those complaining, an adoptive parent's sex-life and sexual preferences should be kept private because those practices have nothing to do with a person's ability to be a loving, protective parent.

Really?  REALLY?!?

While I believe both the sadist and the pedophile can fool most of the people most of the time, there are ways to find out the health of an adult relationship, simply by asking all sorts of questions.  Unfortunately, I don't think that many vanilla investigators know what sort of questions to ask.

I bet many of these pedophiles allowed to adopt have very interesting computer files/downloads hidden somewhere.  Where is the Internet crime scene task force when you could REALLY use it as a means of prevention?

What should they have asked my husband?

I'm really interested in what you think should be asked about the sexual life or married relationship of PAP's.  At the time, we were still sexually active; it was down the road a year or two when he pulled back and went into his extremely deviant behavior.
What could have been asked that would have raised red flags?
Is this something:  Have you ever bought Playboy or other forms of pornography?  If he would have lied then I would have seen a red flag...  but I believe there would have to be separate interviews in order for the social worker to convey what she is looking for.
What do you think?

What did I ever do to deserve this... Teddy

Further Study and Raising Red Flags

In case you are interested in what has already been discussed, within the small Home Study section we have within our pages, there are three threads worth reviewing:  What's in a "Home Study"? ,  A closer look at what's NOT in The Home Study, and Mandatory Monitoring.

In relation to the raising of red flags during an investigation, I think much of the outcome depends on the objective.  First questions that would come to my mind before the formal investigation began:  

  1. Who is conducting the investigation?  [What sort of past does the questioner have, and does this person have experience with manipulative liars?]
  2. What sort of questions are being asked?  [Are the questions leading?  Do these questions get very deep and personal, or are they limited to "safe basics"?]
  3. Is the investigator working on behalf of an adoption agency, or a child?

As far as the question, "What should they have asked my husband?"... I'm neither an adoption case worker nor a paid investigator.  I'm not a forensic psychologist.  I am a grown woman who has lived with liars all her life.  If I were to conduct an investigation, I would ask many people many questions, and based on that collected information, I would know what I need to ask each spouse.

Sexual exploitation of adoptees and children in foster care

This case is not an isolated incident. Over the years many cases of sexual abuse of adoptees and children in foster care have emerged and some of those also involve the sexual exploitation of children.

In 1999 David Karl Danser was arrested for the sexual abuse of his nine-year-old adopted daughter. He took sexually explicit photographs of her which he shared with a ring of child pornographers in the Bloomington, Indiana area. The arrest of Danser eventually lead to the arrest of Eric Franklin Rosser, who became one of ten America's most wanted fugitive criminals.

In 2000 Brian John Bergthold was arrested for the sexual abuse of two boys in foster care with him. The abuse was being filmed. Bergthold was sentenced to 40 years imprisonment for sexual assault and for 70 years for child pornography charges.

In 2001 James Matthew McDaniel-Webb was arrested for the sexual abuse of an 8-year-old girl he had legal custody over. McDaniel-Webb also took pornographic photos of the girl.

In 2002 Donald Sissler was arrested for the sexual abuse of a 14-year-old boy whom he had adopted with sexual abuse intended. At least two other boys were also abused by Shissler, who made sexual explicit photos and videos of the boys while engaging in sexual activity.

In 2003 Matthew Mancuso was arrested for the distribution of pornographic material he had made from the sexual assault on his adoptive daughter Masha Allen.

In 2004 William Delos Peckenpaugh was arrested for sexually abusing his 9-year-old adopted son while video taping the assaults. William "Bill" Peckenpaugh was a nudist and had several articles and websites advocating nudism and children.

In 2008 Juan Rodenas was arrested after having sexually abused his two adoptive daughters while filming the assault. The Rodenas had seven children, two of whom were adopted. Mr. Rodenas computer also included photos of abuse of a 7-year-old girl believed to be a relative in Guatemala.

Also in 2008 Craig Niles was arrested for sexually abusing an 11-year-old girl in foster care with him and his wife. Niles transmitted images of the assault over the internet.

What about the wives...

Most of what I read here is about perverted older men...  but I do wonder about the wives of these men.  Myself, I never knew anything about the abuse of my daughter until she left and he confessed.  And even now that she is home, she says there is no way I could have known because she was taught to hide everything. 
These men and their computers and cameras... I wonder if they were different than my ?husband? in that he says he didn't need a camera because he memorized his victim and the fantasies were very vivid.  He said he had spent years being this way; really not needing a human being (ya, right...) because the fantasies were always there and he enjoyed his own self pleasuring even more than her hand or mouth.  I don't know what to think of this.
But I really do not believe the wives knew anything; it's part of the life of a pedophile to be a loner and have everything a secret.  I think it was part of the turn-on...   excuse me while I gag.

What did I ever do to deserve this... Teddy

Not that many wives around

Several of the men in the overview on sexual exploitation did not have wives. Danser, Rodenas and Niles were indeed married, but the remained on that list were single men. Lombard was in a homosexual relationship with a live in partner, whom apparently was being kept in the dark about abusive practices.


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