City judge reduces bail for former Philly cop accused of sexually assaulting women and filming it

Philadelphia police officer Novice Sloan faces sexual assault, indecent assault and simple assault charges.
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A Philadelphia judge has reduced the bail for a former city police officer accused of sexually assaulting women and filming them, and the FBI is now involved with the investigation. 

Prosecutors say they, along with FBI agents, are trying to sort through more than 2,800 videos and 25,000 pictures found on phones and cameras belonging to Novice Sloan, and they are trying to identify each of the hundreds and hundreds of women.

Some of the women were unconscious, they told Judge Benjamin Lerner.

Sloan was charged in September with sexual assault and related offenses for an alleged attack in August. He got an additional child pornography charge last month — prosecutors say Sloan filmed an Instagram video on his phone that showed a woman sexually assaulting a baby.

But Sloan’s attorney argued Sloan’s accuser in the encounter in question was a willing and consensual participant, and he has video of the pair shopping for sex toys during the night in question and has text messages to prove it. 

The judge told the defense that consent is fluid — likening consent to a typical negotiated guilty plea — saying that until the act in question is finished, it’s a fluid situation.

The judge eventually granted the reduction in bail from $3 million to 10 percent of $100,000, saying that state law says locking up a defendant before trial should be a last resort.

If bail is posted, Sloan will remain on house arrest with electronics and internet activity regularly searched by prosecutors.

He has another hearing set for later this month.