Kentucky lawmaker kills himself amid sexual misconduct investigation

Dan Johnson

Kentucky state Rep. Dan Johnson has committed suicide amid allegations of sexual misconduct.
Johnson is alleged to have sexually violated a 17-year-old girl during his daughter’s sleep-over party.

Kentucky state Rep. Dan Johnson has committed suicide amid allegations of sexual misconduct, WDRB reported Wednesday.

Johnson’s body, along with a gun, was reportedly found on a bridge in Mr. Washington, about 55 miles southwest of the capital city Frankfort.

Johnson previously refused to resign after he was accused of waking up his daughter’s 17-year-old friend during a sleepover in 2013, and fondling her underneath her clothes.

The victim reportedly sent him a Facebook message following the alleged incident, according to the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting:

“What you did was beyond mean, it was evil. Drugged or not, I think you know what happened that night and that’s why you’re sending this message. I never thought something like that would happen to me, especially by someone like you. I looked at you as a Dad, but now I sincerely hope I don’t see you again, but I might try to maintain a relationship with your kids. And there is no point in responding to this message either because I don’t want to talk about it ever again.”

Johnson claimed he sent a Facebook message to the woman that said he couldn’t remember what took place that New Year’s night because he was “drugged” at a bar, the Courier-Journal reported. He later said that he did remember the night in question; however, denied having entering the girl’s room.

Following the allegations, he was encouraged by Democrats and Republicans to resign, the Courier-Journal said.

Johnson reportedly posted a now-deleted message on his Facebook denying the allegations on Wednesday:

“The accusations from NPR are false GOD and only GOD knows the truth, nothing is the …read more

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