State Rep. Dan Johnson commits suicide

12/13/2017 09:04 PM

State Rep. Dan Johnson, who was accused of molesting a teenager in 2013, has committed suicide, WDRB News reported Wednesday.

Johnson’s death comes a day after he categorically denied the allegation, which were first reported by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting. fir A 21-year-old woman told the outlet that Johnson forcibly kissed her and fondled her beneath her clothes on Jan. 1, 2013, at Johnson’s church when she was 17.

Bullitt County Sheriff Donnie Tinnell told WDRB that Johnson took his life on a Mt. Washington bridge and that authorities had recovered the gun.

Johnson posted a message on Facebook hours before his death. From the WDRB report:

The accusations from NPR are false GOD and only GOD knows the truth, nothing is the way they make it out to be. AMERICA will not survive this type of judge and jury fake news . Conservatives take a stand. I LOVE GOD and I LOVE MY WIFE, who is the best WIFE in the world,My Love Forever ! My Mom and Dad my FAMILY and all five of my kids and Nine grandchildren two in tummies and many more to come each of you or a total gift from GOD stay strong, REBECCA needs YOU . 9-11-2001 NYC/WTC, PTSD 24/7 16 years is a sickness that will take my life, I cannot handle it any longer. IT Has Won This Life . BUT HEAVEN IS MY HOME. “PLEASE LISTEN CLOSELY, Only Three things I ask of you to do,if you love me is (1)blame no person,Satan is the accuser, so blame the Devil himself. (2) Forgive and Love everyone especially yourself .(3)most importantly LOVE GOD. P.S. I LOVE MY FRIENDS YOU ARE FAMILY ! GOD LOVES ALL PEOPLE NO MATTER WHAT !

WFPL reported Tuesday that Louisville Metro Police had reopened its investigation into the sexual abuse allegations against Johnson, who had rejected calls from top Republicans and Democrats alike for his resignation in light of the accusation.

Gov. Matt Bevin offered his condolences to Johnson’s family on Twitter.

Republican Party of Kentucky Chairman Mac Brown also offered his condolences.

“This is a tragic situation,” he said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Dan Johnson.”


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