Robert Kerns, former chairman of the Montgomery County Republican Committee in Pennsylvania, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with 19 criminal counts, including rape of an unconscious victim, rape of a substantially impaired person, sexual assault, aggravated assault without consent, aggravated assault of a person unaware penetration was occurring, and 8 other forms of assault.
He also faces charges of possession of an instrument of crime with intent, possession of a controlled substance, and tampering with evidence. According to the Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman, a grand jury discovered that Kerns had “delivered a controlled substance and sexually assaulted a woman in multiple locations.”
Authorities said that Kerns had drugged the woman by spiking her drink with Ambien, a drug used to treat insomnia, during a Republican Party dinner. He then allegedly raped her multiple times when she lost consciousness. Ferman said:
I give great credit to the victim in this case, she was extremely courageous in coming forward and sharing what happened to her. I think she should be commended.
Kerns resigned last week after being accused of sexual assault on an employee, but still serves as the lawyer for Upper Gwynedd, West Norriton Townships, Trappe Borough, as well as the Police Chiefs Association of Montgomery County.
h/t: Freakout Nation