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SEPTA: Transit cop masturbated on subway

Kevin Fant allegedly took a hands-on approach while riding the Broad Street Line in August, SEPTA said.

Kevin Fant, 44, is accused of masturbating on a Broad Street Line subway train.
Kevin Fant, 44, is accused of masturbating on a Broad Street Line subway train.Read more

THIS WAS far from a stroke of genius.

Kevin Fant, 44, a SEPTA Transit Police officer, was placed on administrative leave yesterday after he was literally caught with his pants down, Jerri Williams, a SEPTA spokeswoman, said in a statement.

A video of Fant allegedly masturbating on a subway train reached SEPTA's administration last week, according to Transit Police Chief Thomas Nestel.

The footage, recorded in August on a Broad Street Line train, shows Fant getting in touch with himself while off duty. Members of SEPTA's social-media department found the clip during a routine search of online postings mentioning the transit authority, Nestel said.

After a Transit Police captain viewed the video and positively identified Fant, the department took "immediate action," said Nestel.

Investigators obtained a search warrant for Fant's home, where they found clothing matching what the person had worn in the video.

"This is disgusting and shameful," Nestel said, "but I'm proud of the fact that Transit Police detected the problem, investigated the problem and made the arrest of one of their own for criminal activity."

Fant, a 12-year veteran of the department working as a bike-patrol officer, faces charges of indecent exposure and open lewdness, according to Williams. A warrant for his arrest was approved by the District Attorney's Office, and he was expected to turn himself in to authorities last night.

The transit authority has suspended Fant while it continues to investigate, Williams said.

Fant faced an unrelated disciplinary charge in 2012, according to Nestel.