Priest Accused of Inappropriate Relationship with Boy Released on Bond (updated at 2:22 P.m.)

By Tim Hahn
Erie Times-News
April 8, 2011

A suspended Catholic Diocese of Erie priest has been released on bond following his arraignment this afternoon on charges related to an alleged inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old boy.

The Rev. Samuel B. Slocum, 59, posted the 10 percent of $50,000 bond that Bradford District Judge Richard W. Luther Jr. set during Slocum's arraignment this afternoon on six criminal charges. The charges include felony counts of interference with the custody of children and concealment of the whereabouts of a child.

Slocum is scheduled to return to Luther's court on April 20 for a preliminary hearing.

State police filed the charges on April 1 after accusing Slocum of having contact with the boy after the boy's mother forbade him from having any contact with her son. The alleged incidents happened in Lewis Run, south of Bradford, between Jan. 1 and March 29.

Slocum has been placed on a leave of absence and was relieved of his duties at two McKean County Catholic churches in the wake of the charges.

Slocum turned himself in today under an agreement between his legal counsel and the McKean County District Attorney's Office.

Slocum's lawyer, David Ridge of Erie, could not be reached for comment this afternoon.


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