Kentucky lawmaker facing assault allegations kills himself

Kentucky lawmaker facing assault allegations kills himself

Bullitt County Coroner David Billings said Johnson was found with a single gunshot wound to the head at Greenwell Ford Road in Mount Washington. The lawmaker is said to have driven to the bridge on the Salt River on Wednesday, December 13, and shot himself in front of his vehicle.

"The people who run for office are just people, and there are no ideal people", said State Rep. Dan Johnson as he spoke to the media Tuesday morning from his Heart of Fire Church.

A then 17-year-old member of the church Johnson is a pastor for claimed Johnson approached her, kissed her and fondled her under her clothes, WDRB reported. Tinnell confirmed the death to WDRB-TV in Louisville.

The matter was investigated by the police but the case was later closed.

In a Facebook post that has since been deleted but was posted before his death, Johnson said "The accusations from NPR are false GOD and only GOD knows the truth, nothing is the way they make it out to be".

Mr Johnson had been under pressure from both Democrats and Republicans to resign over the article, which painted him as a "preacher-turned politician" who cultivated a persona based on a "web of lies and deception".

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Earlier Johnson had denied the allegations as "politically motivated". He referenced Republican Alabama US Senate candidate Roy Moore, who faces accusations of sexual misconduct from multiple women. He wrote that PTSD "is a sickness that will take my life, I can not handle it any longer".

The victim had reportedly sent a Facebook message to Johnson saying "she sincerely hopes" that she would have to never see him again. IT Has Won This Life. "We grieve for his family, friends, church community and constituents", Michael Skoler, the president of Louisville Public Media, said in a statement. "He declined requests to talk about our findings". Three other lawmakers were involved in the settlement, and all lost their committee chairmanships.

"Just awful news from Kentucky tonight on the passing of Rep. Dan Johnson", Paul tweeted.

"These are heavy days in Frankfort and in America", Bevin posted.

Speaking of Johnson's death Senator Rand Paul tweeted: "Just bad news from Kentucky tonight on the passing of Rep. Dan Johnson. Over the past few weeks in some of the darkest days of my life, he reached out to me, encouraged me, and prayed for me", Hoover posted on his Twitter account Wednesday night. May God indeed shed His grace on us all.

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