Ex-GOP Chairman Drugged, Raped Employee: DA [UPDATE]

Robert J. Kerns resigned his post as leader of the Republican Party in Montgomery County after a sex assault investigation was reported.

Robert J. Kerns. Credit: Montgomery County District Attorney's Office.
Robert J. Kerns. Credit: Montgomery County District Attorney's Office.

Montgomery County, Pa. - Former Montgomery County Republican Committee Chairman Robert J. Kerns has been arrested for rape of an unconscious person and related charges after an alleged sexual assault that occurred in late October, according to Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman.

Kerns, 66, who led the GOP from 2008 through Nov. 15 when he resigned after the sexual assault investigation was reported, was charged with 19 criminal counts, including rape of an unconscious victim, rape of a substantially impaired person sexually assault, aggravated indecent assault without consent, possession of an instrument of crime with intent, and possession of a controlled substance.

According to Ferman, Kerns and the victim, an employee at his Upper Gwynedd law firm, were at a work celebration at Radice restaurant in Whitpain township on Oct. 25. Around 6 p.m., Kerns offered the victim a ride to the King of Prussia mall and allegedly encouraged her to drink from a bottle of wine that he had secretly drugged with Ambien.

Ferman says that the victim lost consciousness, and Kerns raped and sexually abused her while in his car; the assault was allegedly so violent that it cause severe genital injuries and other injuries to multiple parts of her body.

Ferman alleges that the victim began to regain consciousness as the defendant drove closer to her neighborhood, and remembers the last few turns to her house.
Once at her house, the victim said Kerns took her upstairs and sexually abused her once more before leaving her home.

Kerns was also charged with unsworn falsification to authorities, tampering with physical evidence, and more.

The incident occurred just one day after Kerns announced a truce among warring factions in the Republican Party, which had impacted the party for decades.

John Q. Public November 29, 2013 at 01:11 PM
wALLST, let me guess... you watch the Team Obama networks, MSNBCABCNYTCBSCNNETC ?
Southpaw November 29, 2013 at 01:49 PM
This is digusting. Maybe someone should do the same to him. Bubba?
Evelyn Michalski November 29, 2013 at 01:59 PM
What difference does it make, what party he belongs to. He committed a crime against another person. Guilty no matter what politics he believes in...
Tom Martin November 29, 2013 at 03:51 PM
Just like what Bill Clinton did with Juanita Broadrick.
Ike Jones November 29, 2013 at 08:41 PM
In Prison, no lubricant is used!! Its not provided by the staff. Hopefully its not to painful!! Depends on the size of the penis!! He'll have to adapt to the unconfort!!
Elizabeth Taylor November 30, 2013 at 04:17 AM
Now, if she gets pregnant would Republicans allow her to have an abortion. Or is this consentual rape so she is permitted to having the baby. Just checking.(:
Elizabeth Taylor November 30, 2013 at 04:18 AM
Oh, Republicans don't believe women get rape, they believe any sexual contact between a man a women is consentual.(:
Elizabeth Taylor November 30, 2013 at 04:20 AM
Oh, Republicans have a way of saying women ask for it. Did she ask for it? Just checking.(:
Andrea Grenadier November 30, 2013 at 08:14 AM
Good point, Elizabeth! Since the Republicans only care about the un-born (check out all the wacky "personhood" amendments states are passing to diminish Roe v Wade), they would say (and actually DO say) that all life is sacred -- that is, until the child is born. They seem to conveniently forget that a woman's body is her own, as is her choice.
John Q. Public November 30, 2013 at 08:56 AM
Andrea, we all have the choice to kill, and many don't share your view that life is sacred. Killing of human beings is actually common, easy, frequently legal, and often done for mundane reasons. No age is respected, from the youngest to oldest, with the most vulnerable accounting for most deaths. This is hardly news.
Andrea Grenadier November 30, 2013 at 09:43 AM
You misread me. I don't think that life is sacred at all. Republicans think that; not me.
John Q. Public November 30, 2013 at 10:20 AM
Andrea, you have good company. Many famous people throughout history have shared your view. However, I suspect you may still find a few, living Democrats and Independents who believe human life is sacred and valued, not just Republicans.
Andrea Grenadier November 30, 2013 at 10:22 AM
That may be true! But I can't think of any of my acquaintance, offhand!
Dross Cool November 30, 2013 at 10:29 AM
John Q. Public November 30, 2013 at 10:29 AM
Andrea, I agree, those Democrats are scarcer than hen's teeth, but a few still exist. Many more, like Casey, claim to value human life, but I suspect it's done for political purposes, like winning votes. The majority think like you do. Sorry for misreading you.
Andrea Grenadier November 30, 2013 at 10:35 AM
I think there's a huge variety of descriptions when it comes to valuing life, too. That can also mean (as it does for me and lots of other progressive Jews), that all humans should be valued, and teated with respect. That also means there is a responsibility to help the sick, feed and clothe the poor, and behave accordingly. The latest moves here in Washington are shameful, in cutting the social safety net, mental health services, SCHIP, and other services that lift people up.
Dean Lawson November 30, 2013 at 11:34 AM
Typical Republican.
Cindi O'Connell November 30, 2013 at 12:28 PM
Typical of the media to presume this seedy character is a 'typical' Republican. Back in the '80's, a U. S. Congressman from MA named Gerry Studds was 'censured' by the Democrat-controlled House for seducing and sodomizing a 17 yr old male Congressional page. After he was censured on the House floor, his fellow Democrats gave him a standing ovation. The good people of MA elected him 3 more times. I guess by the current thinking, he's a 'typical' Democrat, then?
Happy Hapl November 30, 2013 at 05:47 PM
Is anyone old enough to remember THE KENNEDYS? Teddy was a real stand up guy. Was it in oldsmoble that was the scene of the crime. Was she pregnant???? All was covered up for the good all boys. Talk about a party that has screwed up this country.
Jim November 30, 2013 at 05:57 PM
What is wrong with all of you who have a cause. A woman was raped!!! She didn't ask for it > it was a very stupid person who did it to her. It doesn't matter what political party he is from!! Grow-Up all of you!
barry November 30, 2013 at 06:02 PM
@Cindi - There are significant differences between this case and the Congressional Page Scandal involving Gerry Studds. The main difference is that the relationship Gerry Studds had with the congressional page was legal and consensual according to all parties involved: the age of consent in Washington D.C. being 16. Studds was censured for "breach of duty" because the page was a subordinate, not because of any particular sexual act as you describe. The standing ovation that you refer to did not happen on the House floor, but rather at a town hall meeting in his home district. Nothing in the Studds case involved the level of violence that Kerns inflicted on his victim. I don't think the media is "presuming" that Kerns is a "typical Republican." Individuals may be doing so in their comments on various platforms, but I don't think "the media" has made that presumption.
Steven Fisher November 30, 2013 at 07:53 PM
Well there you have it - - - the "can-do" attitude of the Republicans. They rape, cheat, steal and deny people's civil rights because they can. Fortunately their time has run out - - the odds are nill that there will be a Republican president in the future, and slim that the party will ever take over the Senate. And little by little, even red states like (horrors!) Texas are turning purple.
JoAnn Gamble December 01, 2013 at 05:38 AM
Umm Republican GOP leader????I guess elections are not on his mind rape ,battery ,drugging ladies to get sex wow.Hope he remembers not to pick up the soap.
Wallst December 01, 2013 at 05:41 AM
Yes, JoAnn, this type of behavior is typical of the Family Values Party.
debi December 01, 2013 at 10:43 AM
That the criminal who raped this girl is a Republican is of no importance to the crime he committed. His politics would only be important if the GOP got behind his defense or tried to prove that a crime had not been committed. However because this man held public office I suppose it is necessary to include it in his description. For sure if he was a Democrat we would be hearing about it from the GOP>
Walter Straub December 01, 2013 at 10:09 PM
I hope he gets what he deserves, jail time most likely. But wasn't that also deserving of Bill Clinton when he raped Juanita Broaddrick? Or the same goes for the Kennedy Clan? WOW the evil Republican second tier party member can't hold a candle to the Dems when it comes to abusing women. ref: http://www.apfn.org/apfn/juanita.htm
Joe The Nerd Ferraro December 01, 2013 at 10:44 PM
wow - nothing like deflecting. that is when you know an issue hits home you get the "oooo look over there 25 years ago" arguments...
hf2hvit December 01, 2013 at 10:50 PM
Just another "family values" republican...they like having several mistresses and families all over the place: GINGRICH, LIMBAUGH, VITTER, MC CAIN, CRAIG, PALLADINO, GIULIANI, BARR, ENSIGN, TRUMP, LEE, SCHWARZENEGGER, SANFORD
Wallst December 01, 2013 at 11:54 PM
Republicans = Do as we SAY, not as we DO.
J N December 02, 2013 at 01:16 AM
" Evelyn Michalski November 29, 2013 at 01:59 PM What difference does it make, what party he belongs to. He committed a crime against another person. Guilty no matter what politics he believes in... " Um, he hasn't been found guilty. He's been charged. In America, we generally wait for some kind of a trial and conviction before making the determination you have.


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