Summary of Case: Samuel B. Slocum was ordained for the Diocese of Erie in 1980. He was a faculty member until 1997 at high schools in DuBois, St. Mary’s, Erie and Bradford while residing and ministering in area parishes. From 1990 on he was the sole priest at parishes in Eldred, Shinglehouse, Bradford, then Lewis Run.
In April 2011 Slocum was arrested on charges related to a recent inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old Lewis Run boy. Slocum had been giving the boy expensive gifts and taking photos of him and other boys. The boy’s parents forbade the priest from contacting their son, but Slocum did not stop; he lied to the mother and encouraged the boy to be secretive. The mother reported him to the police. Slocum admitted to engaging in inappropriate behavior with the boys. He was placed on leave by the diocese.
Slocum was convicted in 2012 and given two years’ probation. His laicization was announced in November 2016.
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