Kerns to Answer Rape Charges in Common Pleas Court

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Robert Kerns
Robert Kerns

The woman testified that she did not see Kerns drink from his glass.

Kerns then drove the alleged victim to the parking lot of the Nordstrom department store at the King of Prussia Mall. The woman said she could not remember the entirety of the trip because she was "pretty out of it" and "groggy."

The prosecution said the wine was spiked with Ambien, which the alleged victim did not knowingly ingest.

The alleged victim told the court she remembered her head being up against the window of the car and pushing Kerns away.

The pair proceeded to the woman's home where she was helped inside by Kerns, she said. She came out of the bathroom and collapsed onto the bed, at which time, the woman indicated, Kerns took off her pants and underwear and began touching her buttocks.

The alleged victim said she did not consent to that contact, but added she did not have the power to force Kerns to stop. The following morning, the woman said, she felt pain and discovered she had bruising and scratch marks on her inner thigh and vagina accompanied by bite marks on her breast and a sore back.

On cross-examination, McMonagle, in addition to asking the alleged victim to recount what she could about the ride back to her home, asked if she said anything to Kerns while he was allegedly undressing her.

The alleged victim responded that she didn't say anything because she couldn't.

After the accuser completed her testimony, Kuklentz took the stand.

The police detective testified that a urinalysis revealed that the woman had traces of Ambien in her system. He also read from an interview transcript in which he questioned Kerns about the alleged incident.

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