Trial Delayed For McDavid Postmaster
May 29, 2011
A new trial date has been set for the McDavid postmaster arrested last month on attempted sexual battery and false imprisonment charges.
James Bruce Lee, 51, was set for trial next week, but his date in court has been postponed until August on the joint request of his attorney and prosecutors. Lee has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.
According to Postal Inspector Michael Mulder, the charges stemmed from a January 15 incident that allegedly took place inside the McDavid Post Office. A female mail carrier alleged that Lee attempted to sexually assault her inside the Main Street building.
According to the arrest warrant, the woman alleged Lee approached her from behind while she was sorting mail and began touching her all over her body. She told him to stop, at which time he complied. Later in the day, after the other carriers had left the building, Lee once again approached the carrier holding her by her hands while pulling his pants down, the carrier told investigators, before stopping when he heard a vehicle in the post office parking lot.
Lee provided a sworn written statement and interview to postal investigators; however, his statements were not released by the United States Postal Inspection Service.
Lee, who served as McDavid postmaster since January, 2005, was placed on administrative leave, according to Joseph Breckenridge, a postal service spokesman based in Atlanta.