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Former Montgomery County GOP chair re-charged in rape case

Charges against Robert Kerns dropped in March; refiled by AG Thursday.

Former GOP chair recharged with rape

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The former chairman of the Montgomery County Republican Committee, who was cleared of rape charges earlier this year, has been charged again.

Robert Kerns was accused of drugging and assaulting a female employee after a party in Franconia Township last October.

The charges were dropped in March, but Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced that charges of sexual assault, rape and simple assault have been re-filed against Kerns.

Kerns resigned from his post as chairman of the Montgomery County Republican Party in November.

Kerns, 66, of North Wales, was arraigned Friday morning. He was taken to the Montgomery County Prison under $1 million bail.

A preliminary hearing is set for May 13.

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