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Documents show Christopher Lee slow to fulfill ARD requirements

A judge on Tuesday ordered that documents in Harris Township Supervisor Christopher Lee’s accelerated rehabilitative disposition case be provided to the Centre County Prothonotary, making them public record.

Centre County President Judge Thomas Kistler’s order came in response to a petition filed Monday by county solicitor Louis Glantz, acting on behalf of the prothonotary.

Lee, who is in custody pending trial in a 2014 child pornography and enticement case, was given ARD — a pretrial intervention program — in 2006 in relation to six charges incurred over a reported incident involving two children on June 3, 2005.

Lee was accused of inappropriately touching a then-10-year-old child while the child and family spent the night at Boal Mansion, Lee’s residence. The child’s then 8-year-old sibling was interviewed by State College police in a subsequent investigation and the boy related that Lee also touched him inappropriately prior to the sleepover, according to the 2005 criminal complaint. He was charged with two counts of indecent assault, harassment and corruption of minors, according to court documents.

Three documents released Tuesday were dated June 5, 2006, the day Lee was approved for the ARD by the district attorney and Judge Bradley P. Lunsford. The same day, Lee signed a contract with the Parole and Probation Department agreeing to pay any costs incurred and that failure to comply with the contract “may result in further court action” against him.

A court order four days later amended the ARD to require that Lee be evaluated for treatment by Project Point of Light, a psychology clinic in DuBois, and undergo any recommended treatment programs. The clinic is listed as a state sex offender treatment provider.

A faxed report from State College police sent to the probation office on Feb. 7, 2007, described an incident in which Lee befriended a then-10-year-old while skiing at Tussey Mountain Ski Area in late January. The child’s mother reported the incident to police after the child told her because she was concerned about the 2005 allegations against Lee, according to the report.

The youth told police that Lee did not touch him but said Lee invited the boy and his family to the Boal Mansion and Museum for a tour, according to the report. Police noted in the document that there was no belief that Lee committed a crime but said they felt the incident should be documented for “further review and attention” because of Lee’s prior charges, according to the report.

Emails and letters were also provided to the prothonotary. An email sent by Thomas Weaver, of the Parole and Probation Department, to Lunsford on Feb. 9, 2007, mentioned the Tussey Mountain incident. Weaver wrote to Lunsford that Lee’s “current situation” was that he was to have no children under 14 years old as Boal Mansion tour guides. Weaver also wrote that Lee had still not complied with the ordered evaluation and kept canceling his appointments.

Weaver wrote that he requested the district attorney to either extend the ARD by nine months or terminate it for noncompliance.

Less than a month later, a court order dated March 5, 2007, extended Lee’s ARD by three months. The conditions of the June 2006 order still applied, but also included a special condition that Lee be evaluated for “sex offender treatment” and that he attend recommended treatment until successful completion.

In another email sent to Lunsford and District Attorney Michael Madeira on March 9, 2007, Weaver wrote that Lee’s ARD was extended without Weaver’s knowledge. Weaver “reminded all involved” that Lee refused to sign the new ARD conditions because he was unwilling to change the age of tour guides at the Boal Mansion from 14 to 16 years old. Weaver also wrote that Lee had not yet satisfied the evaluation stipulation of the ARD.

“I believe his game will be to get someone to say he doesn’t need sex offender treatment and let him off the hook, which in my opinion is a huge mistake,” Weaver wrote in the email.

Another court order signed by Lunsford on June 25, 2007, extended Lee’s ARD “until further order of this court.”

A letter to Weaver dated July 12, 2007, from William Allenbaugh II, a psychologist from Project Point of Light, wrote that Lee was not cooperating and had “proven to be difficult” to set up and keep appointments for the evaluation. The letter said Lee refused to attend a meeting scheduled for June 28 and July 9 of that year, and Allenbaugh alluded to previous unsuccessful attempts to engage in the evaluation.

An order from Sept. 14, 2007, ordered Lee to meet with Allenbaugh on Sept. 17. A letter from Thomas Young, director of Centre County Probation and Parole, to Lee’s defense attorney Joe Amendola stated that Lee satisfied the evaluation portion of the ARD, but noted that an outstanding balance of $500 was still owed by Lee to the department. Documents show his last payment came on Dec. 10, 2007.

Lee, 66, was arrested on federal child enticement, exploitation and child pornography charges in October. His trial is scheduled for Feb. 5 in Williamsport.

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