State Rep. Dan Johnson was found dead two days after a news report revealed that the lawmaker had been accused of sexually attacking a 17-year old girl. The 17-year old accused Johnson of molesting her in 2013. She said Johnson was drunk when he did so.
People Magazine (@people) reports, authorities said Dan Johnson, a 57-year old father of five, drove to a bridge in Mount Washington, Kentucky, on Wednesday afternoon. He parked his car on the north side of the bridge, got out of his car, and shot himself, Bullit County Sheriff Donnie Tinnell said in a news conference. Johnson’s body was found on the bank of the river.
Johnson’s suicide came two days after The Kentucky Center For Investigative Reporting published an expose’ that alleged sexual misconduct by Johnson. According to the story, Johnson woke his daughter’s 17-year old friend up during a sleepover early on January 1, 2013, and kissed and groped her. When the report was released, lawmakers from both parties called for Johnson’s immediate resignation. Johnson denied the allegations on Tuesday, one day before his suicide.
“I don’t want to blast this girl: I have a lot of compassion for her. I’m very sorrowful that she’s in this dark place in her life.” Johnson refused to resign at the news conference on Tuesday. On Wednesday, shortly before taking his own life, Johnson posted what many believe was a suicide not to his Facebook page.
“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, PTSD24/7 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 MY FAMILY! GOD LOVES ALL PEOPLE NO MATTER WHAT!”
Sheriffs say one of Johnson’s Facebook friends saw the message and notified them. Sheriffs then tracked Johnson’s cell phone to the river, where they discovered his dead body.