- Associated Press - Monday, February 9, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A former county Republican chairman from suburban Philadelphia who pleaded no contest to a sex offense last fall has had his law license temporarily suspended.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Disciplinary Board on Friday announced the March 8 suspension for 67-year-old Robert Kerns pending a decision by the board on further action.

Defense attorney Brian McMonagle said his client hasn’t been practicing law anyway since his arrest.

Kerns pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of indecent assault and was sentenced to two years of probation. A judge last summer dismissed rape and sexual assault charges against him.

Prosecutors had alleged that Kerns engaged in sexual contact with an employee of his former law firm while she was incapacitated after a work party. He denied that any sexual assault took place.

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