The former chairman of the Montgomery County Republican Committee in Pennsylvania has pleaded no contest after being accused of sexually assaulting a woman following a GOP event.
Robert Kerns, 67, pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of indecent assault.
“This is absolutely a conviction,” Deputy Attorney General Daniel Dye said on Monday, according to Montgomery News. “There is no difference under the law between a guilty plea and a no-contest plea. In other words, a guilty-plea is ‘I did it’ and a no contest plea is ‘you got me.'”
Kerns allegedly drugged the victim, an employee of his law firm, last year by putting insomnia medication in her drink during a Republican Party dinner, then raped her multiple times when she passed out.
He will serve two years of probation, and is required to register as a sex offender for 15 years.
“I believe justice has been served by the plea and sentence of the defendant today and that other women will be protected as a result of it,” the victim said in statement.