April 24, 2014
Montgomery County lawyer charged with rape and sexual assault of former staff member
HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced that the Office of Attorney General has filed criminal charges against a Montgomery County lawyer accused of raping and sexually assaulting a female paralegal who worked at his law firm.
Agents said that on Oct. 25, 2013, Robert Kerns, 66, 23 N. Lane, North Wales, Montgomery County, held a celebratory gathering at a Blue Bell restaurant and offered to drive the victim to the King of Prussia Mall because she had been drinking. The victim stated that she was capable of walking on her own, but did not want to risk driving and therefore accepted Kerns' offer.
The charges state that on Oct. 25, 2013 Kerns first drove the victim to the King of Prussia Mall where he engaged in sexual intercourse and/or penetration of the victim's genitals without her consent or knowledge. The assault allegedly continued at the victim's residence where Kerns allegedly engaged in sexual acts without the victim's consent or knowledge.
According to the criminal complaint, the victim woke up on Oct. 26, 2013 in a panic, finding dried vomit on her clothes and finding that she was not wearing any pants or underwear. The victim allegedly found bruises and fingermarks on the inside of her left thigh, scratch marks on her left thigh, scratches and marks on her right thigh, vaginal soreness and pain in her spine between the shoulder blades.
Kerns is charged with three counts of indecent assault, two counts of aggravated indecent assault, one count of rape, one count of sexual assault and one count of simple assault.
The case will be prosecuted by Deputy Attorney General Daniel Dye of the Office of Attorney General's Criminal Prosecutions Section.
(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)
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