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Boal Mansion CEO Facing Federal Child Sex Crimes

by and on October 02, 2014 4:07 PM

Christopher Lee, the CEO of the Boal Mansion Museum in Boalsburg, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on a number of sex crimes involving children.

FBI agents and officers from the State College Police Department took Lee into custody at his home Thursday morning. Lee later appeared before federal Magistrate Judge William I. Arbuckle, III, in Williamsport. Lee was ordered held in federal custody.

According to a news release issued by the Department of Justice, Lee, 65, is charged with the use of the internet and telephone to coerce and entice a minor to engage in unlawful sexual activity, transportation of a minor with the intent to engage in sexual activity, receiving child pornography and possession of child pornography.

State College police were also involved in the investigation, which began last June. A separate news release from the State College Police Department says investigators received a report that a 17-year-old male from a foreign country was allegedly indecently assaulted by Lee over the summer. That incident allegedly took place the first night the teenager was staying at Lee's residence while visiting to work at the Boal Mansion during the summer.

Authorities seized Lee's cell phone and personal computers after obtaining search warrants. State College police say investigators determined that Lee had had other young males from other countries visit his home over numerous years.

State College Police were joined in the investigation by the Centre County District Attorney’s Office and the FBI.

Lee is a Harris Township Supervisor. Harris Township Manager Amy Farkas says she doesn't believe these allegations involve the township at all. "He doesn't have a township computer, and he doesn't have a township phone," she says.

If convicted, Lee faces up to life in prison and a $1 million fine.

The United States Attorney’s Office confirms that Lee is represented by Attorney Joseph Amendola, who also represented Jerry Sandusky. Amendola could not be reached for comment. The District Attorney’s office did not respond to request for comment.

The State College Police Department says additional details will be released on Friday.

State College police ask that anyone with further information contact them at 814-234-7150 or submit an anonymous tip on their website by clicking here. FBI Special Agent Clifton Vikara can also be reached at 814-234-0341.

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