After more than a year behind bars, Christopher Lee is still trying to get bail as he awaits trial.
The former Harris Township Supervisor and ex-CEO of the Boal Mansion remains incarcerated after being charged in October 2014 with coercion and enticement, transportation of minors, and both receipt and possession of child pornography. Additional charges were added in March and September, including production of child pornography and tampering with evidence.
But although the case was originally slated for Dec. 1, 2014, a series of continuances, as well as the additional charges, have pushed the date.
“Defendant has been detained despite requests for his release since the date of his arrest,” wrote Lee’s attorney, Kyle Rude, in documents filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.
Rude argued that Lee’s health has suffered in the year he has been behind bars. That argument has been made before. In a May request, Rude said Lee suffered from vertigo and had diet and exercise requirements that were not being accommodated in the Columbia County Prison where he was detained.
Rude also told the court his client “respectfully submits that he is not a flight risk nor a danger to the community that he has benefitted from his hard work and charitable contributions,” saying Lee was willing to surrender his passport and restrict travel to the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and District of Columbia area.
Lee’s family does have deep ties within that region. Not only is he a descendant of the Boal family, for whom Boalsburg and the museum Lee ran were named, but his father was briefly governor of Maryland. He also has family connections overseas.
Rude also suggested intensive supervision and electronic monitoring.
Some charges in the case stem from allegations of misconduct at the museum between January and June 2014.
They are not the first allegations to be levied against Lee.
He faced charges of indecent assault, corruption of minors and harassment in 2005 involving two boys, aged 8 and 10. Those charges were resolved with a stint in the accelerated rehabilitative disposition program, a kind of probation that results in an expunged record when completed satisfactorily.
There is no date set for trial after the latest charges and continuances. In a motion filed Friday, the prosecution asked for a status conference on the case to determine the future schedule.