In a late-breaking story, Dan Johnson, a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives, committed suicide Wednesday while on a bridge in Mt. Washington. As the local news station “WDRB” reports, the cause of death was a self-inflicted gunshot: his body was found shortly after on the bank of the Salt River.
Johnson, like a growing number of celebrity-figures in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein Scandal, was accused of sexually molesting an underage girl on New Years Eve, 2012. The alleged victim was a 17 year-old girl staying in a church where Johnson was a pastor.
According to her claim, he approached her in an inebriated state, and subsequently kissed and fondled her.
While law enforcement officials have yet to connect the two events to one another, a Facebook post Johnson posted on the same day hints this to be the case:
“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 !”
Johnson’s attack on NPR refers to the fact that the initial source that broke this story was the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting (KYCIR), a part of “89.3 WFPL News” which in turn is a member station of NPR. The piece, written by R.G. Dunlop and Jacob Ryan, was aptly called “The Pope’s Long Con: A Kentucky preacher-turned-politician’s web of lies.”