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Judge Releases Accused 'Psychotic' Leonia Child Sex Offender

Defense attorney Frank Lucianna, William Slaughter
Defense attorney Frank Lucianna, William Slaughter Photo Credit: Mary K. Miraglia

LEONIA, N.J. -- Saying the law doesn’t allow her to hold him, a judge in Hackensack on Thursday released a Leonia child sex assault defendant who violated the conditions of his bail several times while being deemed "schizophrenic, paranoid, psychotic and bipolar."

Superior Court Judge Frances A. McGrogan allowed William Slaughter, 23, to go home under his mother’s supervision after the woman promised to be responsible for charging his court-mandated monitoring bracelet.

The judge also urged Slaughter's lawyer and Assistant Bergen County Prosecutor Kristin DeMarco to move ahead with an updated psychiatric evaluation.

A report last month characterized him as having several psychological conditions.

Dr. Robert Latimer said Slaughter probably isn't competent to stand trial and was likely psychotic at the time that authorities say he committed the offenses.

Slaughter is charged with luring a 6-year old boy from a borough park in June 2014 after sexually assaulting the child’s 13-year old sister earlier that same year.

He also visited two borough schools, violating an order that he not have contact with children, authorities said.

Bergen County Sheriff's officers picked up Slaughter on Oct. 24 after he walked to a Grand Avenue service station in Englewood.

The officers said he told them he went to get cigarettes, but a defense attorney said Monday in court that Slaughter had fallen for a lottery phone scam -- and went to wire $95 in surety for a promised payout of $5,000.

Sheriff’s Officer Daniel Marro, who supervises the bracelet monitoring program, told the judge Monday that Slaughter has not only violated his bail conditions by going to schools where there were children and leaving his apartment without permission -- he also persistently failed to charge the bracelet, triggering 24 separate violations.

Reading from a report, McGrogan cited several instances recorded by sheriff's officers where Slaughter went unmonitored, once for five hours and another for 11 hours.

The judge ordered both sides back on Nov. 9, when, she said, she wants a full report on Slaughter’s mental condition and an answer to whether a mental evaluation should be at family or public expense.

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