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Rape Charges Dropped Against Former Montco GOP Chairman

Former Montco GOP chair Robert Kerns arraigned on rape, other charges

WHITPAIN — A somber Robert Kerns, handcuffs peeking out from the sleeves of his brown suit, was arraigned on multiple counts of rape, aggravated indecent assault and a host of other felony and misdemeanor charges Tuesday afternoon inside District Judge Robert Sobeck’s Whitpain courtroom.

With his attorney, Brian McMonagle, at his side, the 66-year-old Kerns — who resigned as Montgomery County Republican Committee Chairman on Nov. 14 — listened as Sobeck read the 19 charges filed against him after his arrest Tuesday morning for allegedly raping an employee of his law firm on the night of Oct. 25 after drugging her with wine laced with the sleeping medication Ambien, according to the findings of a Montgomery County Investigating Grand Jury.

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Former assistant D.A. who filed false report pleads guilty

PHILADELPHIA For 22 years, Lynn Nichols prosecuted offenders as a Philadelphia assistant district attorney.

On Friday, she left the Criminal Justice Center on probation after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor criminal mischief charge arising from a bad breakup.

Nichols, 47, declined to comment after her guilty plea before Municipal Court Judge James M. DeLeon. DeLeon sentenced her to one year of nonreporting probation and restitution of $884 in towing fees to her ex-boyfriend.

"Lynn Nichols is an outstanding person who spent 20 years of her life fighting for the victims of crime," said her attorney, Brian J. McMonagle.

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Rape charges against Robert Kerns dropped

Ex-Montco GOP head Robert Kerns Monday thanked his family for standing by him when he was brought up on rape charges that have now been dropped. Investigators misread a lab report.

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