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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Sarah Slocum: Multiple Restraining Orders Allege History of Violence for Google Glass Martyr

Posted By on Thu, Mar 20, 2014 at 2:20 PM

click to enlarge Sarah Slocum and her omnipresent Google Glass
  • Sarah Slocum and her omnipresent Google Glass

Court records obtained by SF Weekly reveal disturbing allegations leveled against Sarah Slocum, San Francisco's self-anointed Google Glass martyr

The Los Angeles Times yesterday reported the existence of a 2012 restraining order against Slocum, requested by her former neighbor after Slocum was purportedly caught in the act of recording her and others through their window. 

Troubling allegations are revealed within that -- and subsequent -- documents obtained by SF Weekly. "Ms. Slocum came into our home claiming to have been poisoned by the CIA and begging for protection and assistance," reads the May 2012 restraining order filed by erstwhile neighbor Jessie Campbell. "I offered to take her to the ER. She agreed and as we were getting ready to go, she suddenly became violent..."

Additionally, court records from San Mateo County indicate a restraining order was granted against Sarah Slocum in 2011 following accusations of domestic violence made by Maya Slocum. Attempts to reach both women have so far been unsuccessful -- but we have learned that Maya Slocum is Sarah Slocum's mother. 

Slocum sparked international debate regarding privacy concerns in late February after she wrote on Facebook that her Google Glass spurred unruly patrons of Haight dive bar Molotov's to attack her. She has denied fellow bar-goers' subsequent claims that she was surreptitiously recording them. 

Former neighbor Campbell claims Slocum initially denied recording her, too, on May 15, 2012. Campbell and her husband lived within a home on a bucolic Aptos property owned by their landlord; Slocum stayed in a nearby cabin. Campbell tells SF Weekly that a glint coming from the corner of the window she initially took for a reflection from a cat's eye turned out to be Slocum's cell phone. "I opened the door and, honestly, it was almost like a Marx Brothers movie -- she nearly fell through the door," Campbell recalls. 

Per the ensuing restraining order, "I unlocked and opened the door and found Ms. Slocum hurrying away. I spoke to her and told her I would contact the Sheriff. She laughed and said 'Go ahead.' I called 911 and requested a Deputy's presence." 

This incident came months after the aforementioned allegation of violence following the purported CIA poisoning, in which, according to Campbell's restraining order, Slocum "scratched at my eyes and face and pushed me down, causing me to bang my head against the corner of a bookcase. She then ran at my husband, scratching at his face and fled the house. We did not see her again for many months." 

The court granted Campbell's wish that Slocum be barred from coming "close enough to our dwelling to be able to hold a recording device up to a window and record our personal conversations or interactions." 

Within an appended restraining order requested by Campbell, it is stated that Slocum received a 30-day notice to vacate the property, which she complied with.

And yet, per court records, Campbell claims Slocum violated the May 2012 restraining order by repeatedly returning to the property and engaging in disruptive behavior. In December of 2012, the court augmented the restraining order, forbidding Slocum from setting foot within 100 yards of her former neighbors. 

Campbell says Slocum moved onto the Aptos property in November 2011. In January of that year, a San Mateo County Court granted a restraining order against her requested by Maya Slocum. That order stated Sarah Slocum "SHALL NOT CONTACT, MOLEST, ATTACK, STRIKE, THREATEN, SEXUALLY ASSAULT, BATTER, TELEPHONE OR OTHERWISE DISTURB THE PEACE OF THE PETITIONER [Maya Slocum].


Update, 2:55 p.m.: Slocum denied all the claims listed within the court records above regarding Campbell's allegations of harassment and wrongdoing. "I was a victim of a crime a month ago. I don't know why this is being brought up." 

As for the restraining order granted to Slocum's mother, Sarah Slocum responded "My mom and I have gotten into a few physical disputes. That's between us. We're on good terms now."  

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.

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