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UPDATE: Rape, Sexual-Assault Charges Against Kerns Dropped

Robert Kerns is a former chairman of the Montgomery County Republican Committee.

Former Montgomery County Republican Committee Chairman Robert J. Kerns. (Patch file photo)
Former Montgomery County Republican Committee Chairman Robert J. Kerns. (Patch file photo)
The Montgomery County District Attorney's Office has dropped all rape and sexual-assault charges against former Montgomery County Republican Committee Chairman Robert J. Kerns.

Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman announced a nolle prosequi of charges against Kerns, and said that the District Attorney's Office was referring the case to Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane. Kane has accepted the case, Ferman said.

At issue is 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.

Ferman also said she would take actions within the District Attorney's Office to protect the integrity of evidence and the investigative process.

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

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



Megan Dero Halter March 18, 2014 at 09:51 AM
So you rather he be convicted on evidence that didn't exist? He did not drug anyone. You judge without knowing the truth and when the truth is presented you assume it has to do with money and connections. You are the one who should be ashamed for your condemnation of someone else.
Gwendolyn Snyder March 18, 2014 at 12:22 PM
I have more questions at this point than answers . Regardless if there was drugs in the victims system or not, what about the Victims first hand statement she was rendered unconsciousness , after only a sip of wine, why four months after are the results from the lab report suddenly wrong , no doubt the results have been viewed by a magnitude of attorney’s, prosecutors and investigators since November . In the Victim's statement she stated she recalled pushing Robert Kerns off of her , and what about the DNA evidence that matched Robert Kerns found on her under garments , Something is just not adding up , and I too smell a fox in the hen house . We can only hope that PA Attorney General Kathleen Kane weighs all of the facts , and makes a decision based upon all remaining evidence and the statement of the victim .
kathleen hoynes March 19, 2014 at 10:04 AM
I totally agree Gwen!
James Kephart Jr. March 19, 2014 at 06:28 PM
We will see in the coming months. I find it simply amazing that such a "mistake" could have been made. For morons to be weighing in on any "facts" at this point is laughable. The only fact that seems to be a fact, at this point, is that she was not drugged.

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