- Associated Press - Friday, April 25, 2014

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) - The state attorney general’s office has refiled rape and sexual assault charges against a former county GOP chairman from suburban Philadelphia accused of having raped a female employee of his former law firm.

Montgomery County prosecutors last month dismissed charges against 66-year-old Robert Kerns, saying a drug test had been misinterpreted. They turned the case over to the state, citing a conflict of interest.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane said Friday that Kerns was charged with indecent assault, aggravated indecent assault, rape, and sexual assault.

Prosecutors allege that Kerns offered the woman a ride following an Oct. 25 work party and later “engaged in sexual acts without the victim’s consent or knowledge.”

Kerns has maintained his innocence. Defense attorney Brian McMonagle did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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