Published: Fri, December 15, 2017
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Ky. State Rep. Johnson Kills Himself After Molestation Allegations

Ky. State Rep. Johnson Kills Himself After Molestation Allegations

His widow, Rebecca Johnson, released a statement through a family friend Thursday denouncing the sexual assault allegations that prompted calls for his resignation and ultimately led to his suicide on December 13.

Bullitt County Coroner Dave Billings said Johnson died from a single gunshot Wednesday night on Greenwell Ford Road in Mount Washington, Kentucky.

Kentucky Speaker Pro Tem David Osborne said in a statement, "It is with great sadness that we have received confirmed reports of the passing of Rep. Dan Johnson this evening".

"These high-tech lynchings and half truths can't be allowed to win the day", Johnson's wife of 30 years added.

On Monday, the Republican Party of Kentucky and leaders of the House Republican Caucus called for Johnson to resign after the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting published a lengthy article that said Johnson allegedly forcibly kissed, groped and used his finger to penetrate a 17-year-old girl, despite her asking him to stop, on New Year's Eve 2012.

The woman reported the alleged assault at the time, but police did not pursue charges. The investigation was reopened because of the story.

"Dan is gone but the story of his life is far from over", Johnson said.

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Johnson was elected to the state legislature in 2016, part of a wave of Republican victories that gave the GOP control of the Kentucky House of Representatives for the first time in almost 100 years.

Johnson vehemently denied the allegations at a press conference Tuesday. A 40 caliber pistol was found near his body. 9-11-2001 NYC/WTC, PTSD 24/7 16 years is a sickness that will take my life, I can not handle it any longer. "It has won this life, BUT HEAVEN IS MY HOME".

"I don't know if there's anybody out there in this listening audience that could've understood or withstood what he has had to stand under", Johnson said.

Michael Skoler, president of Louisville Public Media, which owns the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, said the organisation was "deeply sad" about Mr Johnson's death. "Kelley and I pray for his loved ones". "As part of our process, we reached out to Rep. Johnson numerous times over the course of a seven-month investigation".

When asked whether she could verify claims that Dan Johnson once raised a woman from the dead, she answered, "I was with him!"

Mourning his death, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin tweeted, "Saddened to hear of tonight's death of KY Representative Dan Johnson.My heart breaks for his wife and children.These are heavy days in Frankfort and in America.May God shed His grace on us all.We sure need it".

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