Fmr. Montgomery County GOP head re-arrested on rape charge

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April 25, 2014 2:23:20 PM PDT
The former head of the Montgomery County Republican Party has been re-arrested on a rape charge in a case involving a former paralegal.

New charges against Robert Kerns were announced Friday morning by Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

Kerns, 66, of North Wales, Pa. is accused of raping and sexually assaulting a female paralegal, who worked at his law firm, back on October 25, 2013.

The original allegations, made by the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office, said Kerns gave the alleged victim wine laced with the sleep medication Ambien before sexually assaulting her.

The new charges say nothing about alleged drugging.

On March 17th Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman announced she was dropping charges against Kerns because results from a test for a date rape drug had been misinterpreted by her staff.

Ferman said the charges were being dropped 'without prejudice,' which meant if more evidence was found Kerns could be re-charged.

Ferman said at the time she would defer to the Attorney General's Office regarding any decision to re-file charges against Kerns.

Kerns turned himself into authorities in Blue Bell, Pa. Friday morning and was arraigned on three counts of indecent assault, two counts of aggravated indecent assault, one count of rape, one count of sexual assault and one count of simple assault.

He was released after posting 10 percent of $1 million bail.


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