Pa. Judge Defends Priest's Child Concealing Guilt
New Jersey Herald
October 18, 2012
A judge says a jury had more than enough evidence to convict a suspended Catholic priest for his relationship with a 15-year-old northwestern Pennsylvania boy whose mother told the priest to stop contacting the teen.
Sixty-year-old Samuel Slocum, of Cyclone, remains suspended by the Erie diocese and is serving two years' probation for his January conviction. Slocum's Superior Court appeal argues he didn't illegally conceal the boy's whereabouts nor did he "corrupt" the youth because the priest never encouraged him to do anything illegal or inappropriate.
But the Bradford Era
reports Senior Judge William Morgan, who presided at the McKean County trial, says in a court filing that the priest secretly contacted he boy and enticed him to visit with gifts, including a phone and computer he used to contact the boy, despite knowing his mother forbade that.