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Boal Mansion CEO Denied Bail in Alleged Child Sex Abuse Case

by on November 10, 2014 3:39 PM

Alleged child abuser Christopher Lee has been denied bail a second time.

The Boal Mansion Museum CEO was originally denied bail by federal Magistrate Judge William Arbuckle III following Lee's arrest in October. Lee allegedly attempted to molest a 17-year-old boy last June.

Dawn Mayko, spokesperson with the United States Department of Justice, says that federal Judge Matthew Brann upheld Arbuckle’s decision after a hearing on Monday afternoon.

“Judge Brann heard the defense offer essentially the same reasons it presented at the original detention hearing and then ordered Mr. Lee stay in his current status of being detained,” Mayko said in an email. “The defense presented no witnesses at the hearing in front of Judge Brann.”

Last week Kyle Rude, Lee’s attorney, told that one of the major factors in the decision to deny Lee the chance to be released on bail was the argument that he poses a flight risk. The United States Attorney’s Office argued that because Lee has family in France, there is a strong possibility he’d flee the country.

Rude said he planned to argue that Lee should be released on conditional bail. Those conditions would have included turning over his passport and being subject to electronic monitoring. Rude said that would ensure that Lee was not a danger to the community and could not flee the country while awaiting trail in December.

Rude could not be reached for comment on the outcome of Monday’s hearing.

Lee, who is also a Harris Township supervisor, was arrested following an investigation that began last June. State College police received a report that Lee had assaulted a 17-year-old boy while the teen was spending the night at the Boal Mansion.

The investigation revealed that Lee had allegedly brought foreign boys to his home for a number of years, prompting the involvement of the FBI to investigate possible victims in other countries.

Lee was previously arrested in 2005 for the alleged indecent assault of two underage boys at his home, but those charges were later partially expunged from his record through Pennsylvania’s Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program.

If convicted, Lee faces up to life in prison and a $1 million fine. His trial is scheduled to begin on December 1.

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Michael Martin Garrett is a reporter and editor for who covers local government, the courts, the arts and writes the Keeping the Faith column. He's a Penn State alumnus, a published poet and the bassist in a local indie rock band.
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