Crime

Lawyers in Christopher Lee case ask court to set a trial date

Both the prosecution and the defense want to talk about just where Christopher Lee’s case is going.

In a motion filed Friday in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, assistant U.S. Attorney Meredith Taylor asked Judge Matthew Brann for a status conference.

Lee, a former Harris Township supervisor and once director of the Boal Mansion and Columbus Chapel, was charged in October 2014 with coercion and enticement, transportation of minors, and both receipt and possession of child pornography. Charges of production of child pornography and tampering with evidence were added in March and last month, additional coercion and enticement and transportation of minors to engage in sexual activity were returned by a federal grand jury.

In June, the court had granted a motion from the defense to sever the child pornography charges from the remaining counts, trying them separately. Prosecutors asked in August that the court reconsider that order.

According to Taylor’s filing, the court denied that motion last week, although the cited order and memorandum is not available on the federal court’s website.

“Jury selection and trial in this matter is currently continued to an undetermined date,” she wrote, asking the court to set a date, and to set a status conference to discuss just when that date will be.

According to the document, Lee’s attorney, Kyle Rude, concurred with the request.

Lee remains in custody.

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