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Convicted child molester can’t keep suing his victim, Pa. court says

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A convicted child molester can’t keep suing his victim on unsupported allegations that he is the imprisoned victim of lies, a state Superior Court panel has ruled.

The state court ruling, issued this week in an opinion by Judge Robert Simpson, comes months after Scott Newton Kerns received an added prison term for his repeated attempts to sue the girl he pleaded guilty to sexually abusing.

Kerns appealed to the state court after a Berks County judge ordered him not to file any more lawsuits against the victim, who police said was a preteen when Kerns was arrested for molesting her in 2000.

Kerns is serving a 7 1/2 to 20-year state prison term after pleading guilty to indecent deviate sexual intercourse with a child under 13. He has been filing his suits from prison. Kerns, who has acted as his own lawyer, filed his first suit in 2007 and his second in 2015.


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