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Future of additional Lee federal charges uncertain

Will Christopher Lee ever go to trial for the rest of his charges?

Prosecutors are still deciding how to proceed with that.

Lee, the former Harris Township supervisor and ex-Boal Mansion and Columbus Chapel CEO, was arrested in October 2014 on federal charges including alleged use of facilities in interstate commerce to coerce and entice a minor to engage in unlawful sexual activity, transportation of a minor with the intent to engage in sexual activity and receipt and possession of child pornography.

Additional charges of production of child pornography and tampering with evidence were added later.

Lee was convicted of the three pornography charges and tampering with evidence in March and given an 18-year prison sentence in October.

But that still leaves the enticement and transportation charges on the table. Prosecutors say the alleged victim was a teenage boy staying at the mansion.

In a letter to U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann filed with the federal court this week, Assistant U.S. Attorney Meredith Taylor said her office is evaluating the future of the case.

“The United States Attorney’s Office is working to determine how best to resolve the remaining severed counts...and hopes to be filing a motion shortly,” she wrote.

Lee’s attorney has argued that the sentence already imposed is tantamount to life in prison.

Lee entered a plea deal in Centre County court regarding 2005 charges of indecent assault of two younger boys who were staying at the mansion. That deal resulted in his 2006 participation in an accelerated rehabilitative disposition program that allowed his record to be cleared after completion.

At trial, prosecutors said the production charges included videos made of two teenage boys at the mansion in 2005 and 2006, which were then cropped to the genital area.

Lori Falce: 814-235-3910, @LoriFalce

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