Crime

Christopher Lee trial postponed until June

Boal Mansion CEO Christopher Lee’s April court date has been postponed until June after additional charges were filed against him last week.
Boal Mansion CEO Christopher Lee’s April court date has been postponed until June after additional charges were filed against him last week. CDT file photo

Former Harris Township supervisor and Boal Mansion CEO Christopher Lee will have to wait to see the inside of a courtroom.

Lee, who was charged in October in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania with receiving and possessing child pornography and enticing and transporting a minor for sexual purposes, was supposed to go to trial in April. However, federal prosecutors moved to postpone jury selection and trial last week after a second grand jury handed down more indictments.

Lee’s attorneys, who have pushed to have the original counts separated into two trials, pushed back on the request, but Judge Matthew Brann overruled them with an order issued Wednesday.

“Despite defense counsel’s objections, the government’s motion for postponement of jury selection and trial ... is granted because the ends of justice served by granting this continuance outweigh the best interest of the public and the defendant in a speedy trial,” Brann wrote.

The case has been moved to the June term of court.

The latest charges against Lee include production of child pornography and tampering with evidence.

According to court documents, Lee enticed a minor to participate in sexually explicit behavior to create a video in 2005 and 2006.

He is also accused of working with others to “alter, destroy, mutilate and conceal” information contained on a cellphone. That crime was to have happened over a period from October to November 2014.

Lee was taken into custody by federal authorities at his hereditary Boal Mansion home on Oct. 2. He has been incarcerated at Columbia County Prison since, with the court denying bail.

Lee was charged with indecent assault of two minors in 2005 and received an accelerated rehabilitative disposition sentence in 2006. The original term of that ARD was extended in 2007 and a special order added directing that he be evaluated for “sex offender treatment.”

This is not the first time the trial on the new charges has been delayed. The court date was first set for December.

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