Crime

Lee case sees more delays in federal court

Former Harris Township supervisor Christopher Lee is still experiencing delays as his federal case moves on.
Former Harris Township supervisor Christopher Lee is still experiencing delays as his federal case moves on. Abby Drey

You might think a conviction would mean the end of delays in Christopher Lee’s legal troubles.

You would be wrong.

U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania Peter Smith and Assistant U.S. Attorney Meredith Taylor filed a motion on Friday asking to extend the deadlines of a presentence report for Lee.

The former Harris Township supervisor and one-time CEO of the Boal Mansion was convicted in March of federal charges he created, possessed and received child pornography and obstructed justice.

Charges were first filed against Lee in October 2014 and had originally been set to go to trial in December 2014, but the case was delayed numerous times over the ensuing 17 months as the prosecution asked for more time to prepare and added additional charges.

The case was also split in half. Lee still has more charges to go to court, including enticing and transporting a minor for purposes of sexual activity. His attorney asked to have the case divided, saying his client could not adequately defend himself against some charges if they were all heard together.

No court date has been set for the remaining charges yet.

In the latest filing, prosecutors say the report, due May 6, is delayed “due to numerous other filing deadlines in other cases, and trial preparations.”

They requested another two weeks to prepare the report. Defense attorney Karl Rude did not oppose the request, and U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann ordered the extension.

In the meantime, Lee remains in custody, as he has since his arrest, despite several requests for bail by his attorneys.

Lee was also charged with indecent assault in Centre County in 2005. He received accelerated rehabilitative disposition, a pretrial diversionary program that expunges a defendant’s record after successful completion.

Lori Falce: 814-235-3910, @LoriFalce

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