Child molester starts scuffle in courtroom after ignoring judge's command

JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind. -- A convicted Indiana child molester has more legal dealings ahead of him after he got violent with two law enforcement officers in a Johnson County courtroom this week, investigators said.

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office said around 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, crews were sent to the county courthouse (5 W. Jefferson St. in Franklin) after an automated alarm was triggered on the second floor.

When officers arrived, bystanders told them a defendant of a court case, Michael William Sloan, was in custody and being escorted out of the south courthouse doors.

Investigators said a jury had just returned a guilty verdict on Sloan and the state of Indiana had moved to have his bond revoked pending his sentencing. Sloan was convicted of child molesting.

The court security guard said as he moved to take Sloan into custody, he voiced his desire to say goodbye to his family, but the court denied his request. The guard said Sloan ignored this, so the guard tried to handcuff him.

The guard said Sloan forcibly resisted and a scuffle began, with an Edinburgh police officer even jumping in to help control Sloan. That’s when the guard said he fired his Taser at the man, and Sloan was “incapacitated” for only three seconds. The guard said Sloan pulled the “barbs” of the Taser out at that point and continued to struggle.

At this point, the guard notified the sheriff’s office of his need for further assistance.

Then, the guard said, Sloan was finally put in handcuffs and removed from the courtroom. He was taken to the Johnson County Jail and booked on a preliminary charge of battery.

The sheriff’s office said EMS crews were also called to the scene to respond to Sloan’s mother, who had collapsed in the courtroom. She was checked out by medics but refused medical treatment at the scene.

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