Preliminary Hearing for Suspended Erie Diocese Priest Postponed

Erie Times-News
April 18, 2011

The preliminary hearing for a suspended Catholic Diocese of Erie priest has been postponed until May 4.

The Rev. Samuel B. Slocum, 59, had been scheduled to appear Wednesday before Bradford District Judge Richard W. Luther Jr. for a preliminary hearing on charges related to an alleged inappropriate relationship with a boy.

Slocum is free after posting 10 percent of $50,000 bond.

He faces charges of interference with the custody of children, concealment of the whereabouts of a child, corruption of minors, defiant trespass, and loitering and prowling at nighttime.

Slocum, who taught at Cathedral Preparatory School from 1985 to 1989 and served as a weekend assistant at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Erie, was charged by Pennsylvania State Police in Kane on April 1 after an investigation that was launched in late March.

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