- Associated Press - Monday, March 17, 2014

BLUE BELL, Pa. (AP) - All charges have been dropped against a former Republican party chairman from suburban Philadelphia who had been accused of drugging and raping a female employee.

Prosecutors on Monday announced the withdrawal of charges against 66-year-old Robert Kerns.

Kerns had been charged with sexually assaulting a woman in October after giving her wine laced with a prescription sleep drug.

Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said charges were dropped because investigators misinterpreted a toxicology report that was initially thought to have found evidence of the drug in the woman’s system. The test results really showed that no trace of the drug was found.

The charges have been dropped “without prejudice,” meaning Kerns could be re-charged if more evidence is found.

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