Priest’s teen relationship trial opens in NW Pa.

Lebanon Daily News

SMETHPORT, Pa.—Testimony was expected to continue in the trial of a suspended northwestern Pennsylvania priest accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old boy.

The Rev. Samuel Slocum is not charged with having sexual contact with the boy, but rather with corrupting the boy and interfering with his mother’s custody of him by continuing to contact the boy after his mother told the priest to stop.

The Erie diocese removed the 60-year-old priest from duty at two churches in McKean County after the charges were filed in April. The trial opened there Monday at the courthouse in Smethport.

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