Judge dismisses rape charges against former Philly and Temple University cop

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A judge dismissed rape and indecent assault charges Thursday against a former Philadelphia police officer accused of drugging and raping a woman and recording an encounter with her on video. 

Following a passionate argument at a preliminary hearing by his defense attorney, Novice Sloan stood as Judge Karen Yvette Simmons dismissed rape, indecent assault and drug charges against him, for lack of evidence in the case.

Sloan was charged in September, authorities alleging he drugged and raped a 21-year-old, slapping, choking and threatening her during the encounter.

The defense argued the woman consented, as both she and Sloan bought sex toys & such at a shop prior to the incident, and she at some points seemed to be "actively involved." 

Prosecutors argued the case should go to trial so a jury can answer the question of when a woman can withdraw consent.

Officials say FBI agents found nearly 3,000 videos and 25,000 pictures — sexual in nature, but prosecutors say they aren’t all criminal in nature — and they are still looking to identify some of the women.

They also plan to refine charges in the case.

Sloan still has a child pornography charge pending. His preliminary hearing on that is next week.

Sloan spent one year on the city’s police force and was formerly employed as a Temple University police officer.