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Charges of rape, sex assault dismissed in Robert Kerns case

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Published On: Aug 06 2014 07:34:52 AM CDT
Updated On: Jun 18 2014 05:57:30 PM CDT

Rape charges against former GOP chair dropped again

SKIPPACK, Pa. -

Charges of rape and sexual assault against Robert Kerns, the former chairman of the Montgomery County Republican Committee, have been dismissed.

"I'm very happy the rape and sexual assault charges were dismissed today," defense attorney Brian McMonagle said.

"It allows us to take the strongest charges in for our theory of the case and put in front of a jury," Deputy Attorney General Dan Dye added.

It may be hard to call a winner in the Robert Kerns' preliminary hearing, but one thing is certain; the former head of the Montgomery Republican Committee will still be going to trial for allegedly assaulting a co-worker.

"No question parties were together that night. No question two people's world collided one evening. But as we've said from the beginning this is an innocent man," McMonagle said.

Prosecutors say last October after an office party, Kerns offered to give a co-worker a ride home.

Instead, they say, he raped and sexually assaulted the woman in the King of Prussia parking lot and then again at her home.

The alleged victim said she woke up the next morning without her pants and underwear and had bruises on her thigh and groin.

After reviewing previous testimony from the alleged victim during Kerns' first preliminary hearing in January, the judge dropped the rape and sexual assault charge, but Kerns still faces charges of aggravated and indecent assault charges.

This is the second time Kerns has had the charges dropped.

After his first preliminary hearing they were dropped due to a botched toxicology report.

If convicted of these charges, Kerns could face more than 20 years in prison.