|Robert J. Kerns|
By LESLIE LARSON
A former Pennsylvania GOP leader has been charged with 19 counts stemming from an alleged sexual assault of an unconscious woman in late October.
Robert J. Kerns, who previously served at the head of the Montgomery County Republican Committee (MCRC), has been accused of a series of offenses including rape of a substantially impaired person, sexual assault, indecent assault and possession of a controlled substance, according to WCAU-TV.
Kerns, who is married to _____ and the father of three sons, resigned from his post at the local GOP group in early November after 30 years of active participation in local political affairs.
Court documents revealed the charges on Tuesday and local officials say Kerns, 66, is in police custody.
Kerns is listed as a partner in the Upper Gwynedd law firm of Kerns, Pearlstine, Onorato & Hladik, in his biography on the Montgomery County Republican Committee website.
He is also described as active in the local community, serving on a variety of boards for the local symphony and medical service corps.
The MCRC said they had no comment on the charges filed against Kerns, noting that the allegations had nothing to do with the committee.