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Christopher Lee resigns from Harris Township Board of Supervisors

Harris Township Supervisor Christopher Lee is in custody after federal charges of child pornography and child exploitation were filed.
Harris Township Supervisor Christopher Lee is in custody after federal charges of child pornography and child exploitation were filed. CDT photo

Christopher Lee is stepping down as a local elected official.

Lee, the CEO of Boal Mansion and Columbus Chapel, is also a Harris Township supervisor.

On Monday, Township Manager Amy Farkas confirmed that Lee has taken steps to end his tenure on the board.

“We received his resignation letter today. The board will take action to formally accept his letter at their meeting on Feb. 9,” Farkas said in an email.

The resignation comes exactly four months after Lee was indicted by a federal grand jury on felony charges of child pornography and child exploitation. He is in prison awaiting an April 6 trial.

“Once they formally accept the resignation, we will have 30 days from that date to replace him. We will announce a timeline for choosing his replacement at the meeting on Feb. 9,” Farkas wrote.

That is not the only resignation expected.

John Thompson, of the Boal Mansion, said Monday that Lee was “off the payroll and going to resign shortly.”

He said a new director is actively being sought.

Lee is a descendant of the Boal family who lived in the historic home and served as trustee of the estate. Equipment including an external hard drive and a thumb drive were seized from his home in June, according to search warrant documents filed with the Centre County Prothonotary’s Office.

He has been in custody since Oct. 2 and is charged with using facilities in interstate commerce to entice or coerce a minor to engage in sexual activity, transportation of a minor with intent to engage in sexual activity and possession and receipt of child pornography, according to the Department of Justice.

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