A Kentucky GOP state representative has reportedly committed suicide following allegations he sexually assaulted a 17-year-old girl, according to WDRB.com in Louisville.
Rep. Dan Johnson reportedly shot and killed himself on a bridge in Mt. Washington, Ky., according to WDRB.
The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting (KCIR) published a report on Monday detailing allegations that Johnson sexually assaulted a 17-year-old friend of his daughter after a New Year’s Eve Party in 2012.
Johnson held a press conference at the Heart of Fire Church on Tuesday where he claimed Richmond’s story was “totally false” and politically motivated.
“There’s no perfect people,” Johnson said. “This allegation concerning this lady, this young girl, absolutely has no merit”
“I don’t want to blast this girl, I have compassion for her,” he insisted.
He also said the accusation was part of a scheme to attack Republicans running for office, invoking Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, who is currently facing accusations from multiple women of sexual misconduct.
“I don’t think in every case women lie. Not at all. I think it is the season. Last election it seemed to be racism. This one seems to be sexual impropriety,” he said. “If the police or anyone involved had thought that this was a real case, don’t you think they would have pursued that? There is no way they would have let up if they thought there was something to it.”
The Hill reports:
Johnson also acknowledged that he messaged the woman on Facebook in January 2013, saying that he did not remember what happened the night of the alleged encounter and that he had been “drugged” at a local bar. He said later on that he did remember what happened that night, and denied ever entering the room where the girls were sleeping.
Johnson had faced calls to resign from his state House seat after KCIR published their expose on Monday.
Shortly before his suicide, WDRB reports that Johnson posted the following message on his Facebook page just before 5 p.m. Wednesday:
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 !
Gov. Matt Bevin tweeted a statement Wednesday night, saying his “heart breaks for (Johnson’s) family.”
Saddened to hear of tonight’s death of KY Representative Dan Johnson…My heart breaks for his family tonight…These are heavy days in Frankfort and in America…May God indeed shed His grace on us all…We sure need it…
— Governor Matt Bevin (@GovMattBevin) December 14, 2017