Crime

Trial date set for Lee on child exploitation, pornography charges

Harris Township Supervisor Christopher Lee is facing a Dec. 1 trial on federal charges of child pornography and exploitation.
Harris Township Supervisor Christopher Lee is facing a Dec. 1 trial on federal charges of child pornography and exploitation. CDT file photo

Harris Township supervisor and Boal Mansion Museum CEO Christopher Lee will have his day in court.

Lee, 64, was indicted by a grand jury Wednesday and arrested by State College police and the FBI on Thursday on charges of child exploitation, indecent assault and transporting a minor “with the intent that such individual engage in sexual activity,” child pornography and transmission of child pornography, according to the indictment.

That indictment was originally sealed by the court “to preserve the integrity” of the case before arrest, to allow evidence to be collected and to protect the witnesses, but the court unsealed the documents as of Thursday.

Additional documents filed Friday set up a schedule for the case going forward. Jury selection and trial are set 9:30 a.m. Dec. 1 in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania in Williamsport.

According to the indictment, Lee “knowingly used the Internet and telephone to persuade, induce, entice and coerce” a 17-year-old male to travel to engage in sexual activity. The pornography indictments specify “depictions involving minors, including prepubescent minors under the age of 12 years,” and “lascivious exhibition” of a minor.

State College police Lt. Keith Robb said Friday that although these charges are being handled federally, if any additional victims come forward locally, those charges could be handled in Centre County.

Lee has been denied bail and is being detained in Columbia County, according to U.S. marshals who took him into custody.

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