GOP Lawmaker Accused Of Molesting A Teenager Dies In Apparent Suicide

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A Republican lawmaker, who denied allegations of sexual misconduct against a then-teenage family friend, shot himself on a bridge in Kentucky.

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Kentucky Rep. Dan Johnson, who was facing accusations of sexually assaulting a family friend’s 17-year-old daughter at a New Year's Eve party, apparently killed himself.

The 57-year-old Republican reportedly died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He shot himself on a bridge in Mount Washington, Kentucky, after posting an apparent suicide note on Facebook.

“The accusations … 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,” the now-deleted post read. “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.”

The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, which conducted a months-long investigation outlining claims by Maranda Richmond that Johnson forced his hand under her bra and groped her, stuck his tongue in her mouth and penetrated her with his fingers while she slept on his church’s sofa during a New Year party, also released a statement.

“We grieve for his family, friends, church community and constituents,” stated Michael Skoler, the president of Louisville Public Media, which owns the Kentucky Center for Investigative. “Our aim, as always, is to provide the public with fact-based, unbiased reporting and hold public officials accountable for their actions. As part of our process, we reached out to Representative Johnson numerous times over the course of a seven-month investigation. He declined requests to talk about our findings.”


A Republican lawmaker not only denied allegations of sexual misconduct against a then-teenage family friend, but also sang praises for Jesus before doing so.

Kentucky Rep. Dan Johnson, who is the self-proclaimed “pope” of his Louisville Heart of Fire church, denied allegations he sexually assaulted the then-17-year-old daughter of his friend during a sleepover in 2013.

Maranda Richmond, who is now 21 years old, said the lawmaker took advantage of her while she slept on his church’s sofa during a New Year party. She said she woke up when Johnson knelt over her and gave her a kiss on the head. He then forced his hand under her bra and groped her, stuck his tongue in her mouth and penetrated her with his fingers.

However, before addressing the accusation in a press conference, the GOP representative decided it would be a great idea to sing a hymn about Jesus — probably to show the audience how pious he is and that he couldn’t possibly have committed the crime he's accused of.

Johnson’s faithful followers joined him in a rendition of “Oh Come, All Ye Faithful.”

The politician then denied the claims.

“There’s no perfect people,” Johnson said. “This allegation concerning this lady, this young girl, absolutely has no merit.”

“I don’t want to blast this girl, I have compassion for her,” he added.

The lawmaker then argued he was only being targeted because it was the “season” to do so — apparently, last year’s theme was racism, according to him — and compared himself to Alabama politician Roy Moore and President Donald Trump, who he believes are innocent.

He then blatantly declared there was “no reason I would resign” — despite leadership from both the Democratic and his own Republican Party pushing him to do so.

This isn’t the first time Johnson has been embroiled in a scandal.

The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting published a document that detailed how Johnson lied and exaggerated on his resume by adding self-professed heroics during 9/11 and his imagined service as a White House chaplain. He was also prosecuted for attempted arson of his own car and later, attempted arson of his own church just so he could get insurance money.

He pleaded not guilty to the car arson charges and they were dismissed in February 1987 after he finished a six-month pretrial diversion program.

Johnson also made headlines when he compared former President Barack Obama and his first lady Michelle Obama to monkeys on many occasions and even posted a picture of chimpanzee, stating it was Obama’s “baby picture.”

However, Johnson complains the news media has been after him ever since he won the Kentucky elections.

I think this is an assault on real people,” he said. “There’s no perfect people.”

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