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Lawyers: Leonia Man Not Competent In Child Sex, Luring Cases

William Slaughter
William Slaughter Photo Credit: Mary K. Miraglia
Assistant Bergen County Prosecutor Kristin DeMarco, defense attorneys Frank Lucianna and James J. Doyle, William Slaughter
Assistant Bergen County Prosecutor Kristin DeMarco, defense attorneys Frank Lucianna and James J. Doyle, William Slaughter Photo Credit: Mary K. Miraglia
Assistant Bergen County Prosecutor Kristin DeMarco
Assistant Bergen County Prosecutor Kristin DeMarco Photo Credit: Mary K. Miraglia
Defense attorney James J. Doyle, William Slaughter
Defense attorney James J. Doyle, William Slaughter Photo Credit: Mary K. Miraglia

LEONIA, N.J. -- A former Leonia per diem employee charged with having sex with a 13-year-old girl and luring a 6-year-old boy from a park to his home has significant mental issues and probably isn;t competent to stand trial, his lawyers said yesterday.

William Slaughter, 23, was working as a part-time camp counselor in July 2014 when he took a 6-year old boy to his home on Broad Avenue, violating a court order that prohibited unsupervised contact with minors, authorities said.

The boy’s sister and a group of her friends followed the two, and the sister called her mother before Slaughter could take the boy inside, they charged.

Police investigating the report said they later uncovered evidence that Slaughter had sexually assaulted the girl twice.

Slaughter’s two attorneys told a judge in Hackensack today that their client has been in treatment programs for years for schizophrenia with paranoia. More than 300 pages of treatment records from Hackensack University Medical Center show “various placements,” one said.

Assistant Bergen County Prosecutor Kristin DeMarco said she may want an independent evaluation.

Slaughter originally posted $325,000 bail and was released with conditions that he not have contact with minors without another adult present.

Then in November, police said, he went to Leonia High School and then to a school at St. John’s Catholic Church, where he tried to get a job coaching soccer.

Slaughter was rearrested, then posted $400,000 bail this past June 9 -- down from $500,000 -- and was released from the Bergen County Jail.

Superior Court Judge Frances A. McGrogan told Slaughter to be fingerprinted today and ordered him back in court Oct. 19.

Leonia officials told Daily Voice that their policy on background checks has changed since Slaughter was hired, and now includes fingerprints. Fingerprints were not previously part of the screening, said Borough Administrator Jack Terhune.

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