Ex-GOP Chief Accused of Rape Faces Out-of-County Judge

By Associated Press
|  Friday, Dec 6, 2013  |  Updated 8:39 PM EDT
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Ex-GOP Chief Accused of Rape Faces Out-of-County Judge

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A former Republican party chairman from suburban Philadelphia charged with rape will appear before an out-of-county judge for an upcoming hearing.

Ex-Montgomery County GOP chairman Robert Kerns' preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for Dec. 16, according to The Intelligencer.

Investigators said Kerns offered an employee a ride after a work party Oct. 25, gave her wine laced with a sleep-inducing prescription drug and raped her in his car while she was unconscious. They also allege that he sexually abused her after he took her home.

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District Judge Robert Sobeck was granted permission to recuse himself from the case. He did not give a reason. His replacement has not yet been picked.

The 66-year-old Kerns faces charges including rape of an unconscious person and aggravated indecent assault. He denies the allegations.

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