Pennsylvania Republican Chairman arrested for drugging and raping woman at GOP fundraiser
This prominent Republican official slipped ambien into a woman's drink while at a Republican fundraiser and then raped her. Police urge other women that he has attacked to come forward.
A former chairman of the Montgomery County Republican Committee in Pennsylvania who resigned last week after being accused of sexual assault was arrested on Tuesday on 19 counts, including rape and drug charges.
Sources told several news outlets last week that Robert Kerns had gotten drunk and assaulted a woman following a GOP dinner in October.
On Tuesday, Kerns was taken into police custody and charged with 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.
At a Tuesday press conference, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman said the Grand Jury found that Kerns had “delivered a controlled substance and sexually assaulted a woman multiple locations.”
According to reporter Carl Hessler, authorities said that Kerns had drugged the woman by putting the insomnia medication Ambien in her drink during a Republican Party dinner. He then allegedly raped her multiple times when she lost consciousness.