Over the objections of Christopher Lee’s defense attorney, a federal judge has delayed the trial of the former Harris Township supervisor and Boal Mansion CEO, although not as long as prosecutors would have liked.
On Monday, U.S. Judge Matthew Brann rescheduled Lee’s trial for July 6, according to court documents. It was set to begin June 1.
Last week, prosecutors requested that the trial, expected to last about a week, be rescheduled for “a date falling between August 17 and August 31” for various reasons, according to court documents. One of those is because a “critical government witness” residing outside the U.S. would be in the country and available at that time, according to the filing.
Kyle Rude, Lee’s attorney, objected to the trial being rescheduled because Lee continues to be incarcerated awaiting trial, Rude said in an email. A motion asking for Lee’s release for health and other reasons is still pending.
Lee was indicted by a grand jury in October on enticement, transport of a minor with intent to engage in sexual activity and child pornography charges. Additional charges of evidence tampering and attempting to produce child pornography were added against him in March.
He maintains his innocence.