Source: Montco GOP chair to be charged with sex assault

The chairman of the Montgomery County Republican Committee is under investigation for alleged sexual assault, a source told the Daily News.

According to the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, MCRC Chairman Robert J. Kerns, partner in the Lansdale law firm Kerns, Pearlstine, Onorato & Hladik, Llp, allegedly got drunk the night after a major GOP power-broker dinner last month and sexually assaulted a female with whom he worked. Rumors are also circulating that a grand jury is being convened and Kerns' law partner was subpoenaed.

“Somebody alleged that he was drinking and sexually assaulted her, and if he did, he ought to be arrested, tried and properly disciplined,” said the source.

“Many of these things, as you know, are dropped after somebody starts to say, ‘He-said,' 'She-said.' It was supposedly a woman that worked with him. It took place the following evening, 24 hours later - not associated with the county dinner. If it's true, he'll resign, we'll have another election and we'll move on. People are maneuvering, sure they are. So, there's probably something to it."

Reached by phone Tuesday, Pennsylvania Republican Party Chairman Robert Gleason and political heavyweight Tom Ellis both said they "can't talk about that," when asked about Kerns.

While no formal charges against Kerns have yet been announced from the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office, the rumors have been corroborated by the source, and several others, who spoke off the record.

Gov. Corbett headlined the Oct. 24 GOP annual fall dinner at Westover Country Club in West Norriton, Montgomery County, which was hailed by Kerns as a long-awaited peace agreement between party bigwigs who had been split for more than two decades. The derision within Montgomery County Republicans has been blamed for rather lackluster turnouts and success rates at the polls in recent years.

Calls placed to Kerns' cell were not immediately returned.