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Judge sets trial date for former Harris Township supervisor

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A trial date has been set for Christopher Lee.

Again.

The former Harris Township supervisor and ex-CEO of Boal Mansion and Columbus Chapel has been awaiting trial on charges of coercion and enticement, transportation of minors, the receipt, possession and production of child pornography and tampering with evidence. The original charges in the case were filed in October 2014.

On Monday, Judge Matthew Brann filed a schedule in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, setting up the case for a March 7 trial and a Feb. 29 pretrial conference.

But will the case finally see a courtroom?

Lee was first scheduled for trial in December 2014. That was delayed and it was reset for February 2015.

The defense asked for a continuance, pushing the case to the April 2015 term of court.

After additional charges were filed in March 2015, the case was again bumped back, this time to June 2015, over the defense’s objections. Then in May 2015, the court reset the clock again for a July 2015 trial.

There were more delays. Then in September, there were more charges. And even more delays.

There were also more motions.

Defense attorney Kyle Rude has asked for bail for his client repeatedly during the past year. He has lost on those motions, but has won on another, getting Brann to sever the charges, allowing the child pornography counts to be tried separately. However, court records show no ruling from Brann on Rude’s motion for severance after the latest round of charges were filed.

Lee remains in custody.

Lori Falce: 814-235-3910, @LoriFalce

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