GOP Rep. Dan Johnson accused of molestation, political party's call for his resignation

12/11/2017 05:35 PM

The Republican and Democratic Party of Kentucky are calling for the resignation of Republican Rep. Dan Johnson, R-Mt. Washington, after a news report from the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting that included revelations that he was accused of molesting a 17-year old girl in 2012.

Johnson faced a swift rebuke from his party, which had already previously turned their back on him as a candidate in 2016.

“Last October, after local media reports about reprehensible and racist posts on his Facebook page, we asked then-candidate Dan Johnson to drop out of the race for State Representative,” Republican Party of Kentucky Chair Mac Brown said. “Following today’s extensively sourced and documented story from the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, we once again find ourselves in a position where we must call for him to resign, this time, from the Kentucky General Assembly.”

Johnson won election to the partial Bullitt County District in 2016, after the Republican Party of Kentucky denounced their nominee after he made racially chard Facebook posts. Now, Johnson is accused of molesting then 17-year old Maranda Richmond, in 2012 according to a report by the Center for Investigative Reporting.

The Kentucky Democratic Party also called on Johnson, a preacher from Bullitt County, to resign immediately.

“Given the seriousness of these allegations, Rep. Johnson should step down immediately. This is indicative of a corrupt culture in Frankfort that the Republican Party continues to accept. Kentucky’s families deserve better,” Mary Nishimuta, executive director for the Kentucky Democratic Party said.

On New Year’s Eve 2012 Johnson reportedly groped, forcibly kissed and then penetrated Richmond with his finger, who was a member of Johnson’s Bullitt County church, according to the report.

Richmond was friends with Johnson’s daughter and recounted her story to KyCIR, who tracked her down using records from his criminal history; Johnson was accused of abusing the teen at church New Year’s Eve 2012, but the police closed the case in 2013 after Richmond and her father failed to get Johnson to confess on tape, according to the report.

Johnson is one of now five Republicans in the state House to be accused of sexual misconduct in recent weeks.

Governor Matt Bevin, who is calling for the resignation of former House Speaker Jeff Hoover and three others for settling a sexual harassment case, was asked by the Lexington Herald Leader if Johnson should resign — Bevin telling the newspaper that he wanted to wait for the facts.

Johnson recently filed for re-election to the state House, where former Rep. Linda Belcher plans to challenge him for the seat once again.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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