Pennsylvania county Republican chairman accused of sexual assault after GOP dinner

By David Edwards
Thursday, November 14, 2013 14:02 EDT
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Robert J. Kerns (WCAU)
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The chairman of the Montgomery County Republican Committee in Pennsylvania is reportedly being investigated for allegedly getting drunk and sexually assaulting a woman following a GOP dinner last month.

According to the Philadelphia Daily News, Chairman Robert J. Kerns got drunk at what the paper called a “major GOP power-broker dinner” on Oct. 25 and then sexually assaulted the woman.

“Somebody alleged that he was drinking and sexually assaulted her,” a source told the Philadelphia Daily News. “It was supposedly a woman that worked with him. It took place the following evening, 24 hours later – not associated with the county dinner.”

WCAU reported that investigators had been seen at Kerns’ home in Upper Gwynedd. One source told the station that a search warrant had been filed to obtain evidence in the case.

A Center City defense attorney confirmed to WCAU that he had been retained to represent Kerns, but would not say why. The District Attorney’s office has also declined to comment.

Kerns, who is a partner in a Lansdale law firm, is married and has two grown sons.

Watch this video from WCAU, broadcast Nov. 13, 2013.

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David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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