BREAKING: Charges Refiled Against Kerns

Charges had been dropped by the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office after lab results were misread.

Robert Kerns (Patch file photo)
Robert Kerns (Patch file photo)
Rape charges have been filed against former Montgomery County Republican Party Chairman Robert J. Kerns, State Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced Friday.

Kerns is expected to surrender later Friday, The Philadelphia Inquirer said

Kerns is charged with 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, the Attorney General's Office said.

Kerns, 66, of North Wales, is accused of the rape and sexual assault of a paralegal who worked at his law firm.

Charges against Kerns were dropped in March after Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman said lab results had been misread.

At issue was the misinterpretation of a piece of evidence, and the fact that the  misinterpretation was presented to a Grand Jury. "The Grand Jury relied upon that inaccurate evidence to make its charging recommendations," the District Attorney's Office said.

Members of the Grand Jury were told that the drug zolpidem, or Ambien, was found in the complainant's system, when in fact no trace of the drug was found, the District Attorney's Office said. The Grand Jury apparently gave significant weight to that incorrect evidence when deciding whether to hand down indictments.

“While the admission of inaccurate information to the Grand Jury was unintentional, it regretfully happened. Upon discovering the issue, my office immediately took steps to investigate, acknowledge and take corrective actions in the matter,” Ferman said at the time. In dropping the charges, Ferman referred the case to Kane.

Kerns in November 2013 was charged with 19 felony and misdemeanor criminal countsHe resigned his party chairmanship on Nov. 14, 2013.

The complainant was an employee at Kerns' Upper Gwynedd law firm, Patch reported in November.

S.walsh April 26, 2014 at 06:58 AM
see this why victims don't say anything, don't report right away, it may take a battle in their head to come up with the desison to report, accuse &/or continue with filing against high power people in charge. most are corrupt , bad, etc.. they know how(like lawyer) beat the system or work it as some may say. some bad people know the laws inside and out and use any means they can usualy money or scaring their victims to get out of the "jam" they are in because they violated someone who decided to fight back. the drugs may have been out of her system by the time she figured out exactly what happened, and then deciding to press charges.. this man probably is friends with or worked with some of the workers on the back end of this case to . this man had glass, duct tape, etc in his car are they forgetting these facts, drugs wear off and depending on your body chemistry , ususage, how long it took to report etc,.it doesn't matter if she had one drink or two, got a ride from a boss or co worker, this don't add up that he is out of jail. this predator should be raped in jail. yes I said my personal opinion.
LoveAll88 April 26, 2014 at 10:23 AM
i just wonder why the conflict of interest thing wasnt brought up before the DA went foward with charges, what a waste of taxpayer money. this guy is a creep.
Mary Ellen Digregorio April 26, 2014 at 11:46 AM
I have yet to see a Drug that leaves the system like ativan under 72 hrs. This hole story with Kerns and Kane smell like a bad B-Movies of how to take a Political Figure Down....I find it hard to believe all that has been reported and yes this will all be performed at the Tax payers expense...Look at Matthews and Hoffel morning breakfast scandal and Matthews was arrested and then it was Drop and all he got was a slapped on the hand...Two week later his at a Photo opp, with Hoffel, Shapiro and the political big wigs for a Press moment of the Ground Breaking of the Lafayette Street Corridor Project like life is good....It's all about what in it for ME and the Tax payers will be the one lining the pockets.....
HarleyGirl04 May 10, 2014 at 09:08 AM
I'm sorry but if his OLD ASS would have touched me let alone TRIED to rape me I would have beat his head into the concrete....Sorry but I'll be damned if I'd EVER allow anyone to touch me if I didn't want them too. If I couldn't beat them with my hands I would surely beat them with an object.
Mary Ellen Digregorio May 10, 2014 at 01:04 PM
Dog and Phony Show..........


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »