24 y/o Shippensburg man already convicted of sexual assault of juvenile charged with nearly two dozen more sex crimes

05 December 2023- A man currently serving time for IDSI of a juvenile at SCI Somerset is now facing nearly two dozen more child sex crimes in the Shippensburg area. Edward Dante Lee is charged with five felony counts of corruption of minors, three felony counts of statutory sexual assault, three felony counts of aggravated indecent assault of someone less than 16, five felony counts of unlawful contact with a minor, and three misdemeanor counts of selling/furnishing liquor to a minor. Lee remains in jail on $25,000, likely due to the fact he’s still behind bars at an SCI for prior convictions.

The investigation into Lee’s latest charges began in July of 2021 when PSP Carlisle received reports of suspected child abuse involving “sexual assault by a 24 year old male by the name of Edward Isaac”. Edward Isaac was later determined to be Edward Lee of Shippensburg.

Two juvenile victims were interviewed by PSP Troopers and police say they were 13 and 14 at the time when they met with Edward “Eddie” Lee at Southampton Park. This is where, police say, Lee encouraged the girls to drink to intoxication then tried to sexually assault them. While these attempts were mainly stopped, the victims allegedly gave police the names of 4 additional juvenile females who had told them they had sexual contact with Lee.

Another interview was conducted in August of 2021 with another victim who allegedly explained that Lee was her dealer for marijuana and vape cartridges. This victim allegedly explained that she had sex with Lee prior to interruption by a family member.

Crucially in this interview, the victim allegedly had screenshots of a series of Snapchat conversations with Lee. In the conversations, Lee reportedly asked the victim to lie about the incidents, said he did not want to go to jail. Another series of text messages (using a phone number known to be associated with Lee) allegedly references a relationship with another victim and “how she says she’ll be mine in a few years”.

Multiple other interviews were conducted with victims, who also allegedly told police that Lee would “stalk” them on social media and show up where she was at times. Each of the victims were separately showed a photo lineup containing 8 photographs. All victims identified the picture of Edward Lee as the man in question.

Numerous social media search warrants were used on Lee’s accounts. Conversations found in Lee’s messages allegedly showed him calling “himself a pedophile” on July 7th, 2021, “I’m going to jail”, and allegedly gave excuses for why he sexually assaulted the women.

Lee was interviewed at Cumberland County Prison on April 27th, 2022, with him being incarcerated on other sexual assault charges. During the interview, Lee allegedly confirmed a number of the sexual assault allegations against him, including in depth discussions of the sex he would have with his underage victims.

Edward Lee continues to be behind bars. His preliminary hearing is set for December 27th.

Sources: Docket Number: MJ-09301-CR-0000398-2023, Incident No.: PA 2021-927585, Docket Number: CP-21-CR-0000257-2022