A Republican lawmaker in Kentucky has committed suicide after being accused of molesting a teenage girl, according to new reports on Wednesday night.
WDRB.com reports that Kentucky State Rep. Dan Johnson died of “probable suicide.”
More from the report: “Bullitt County Sheriff Donnie Tinnell said Johnson drove on to the bridge over the Salt River on Greenwell Ford Road in Mt. Washington, parked on the north side of it and shot himself in front of his car. His body was found on the bank of the river, just past the bridge.”
The shocking news comes after Johnson posted this message on Facebook around 5:00 p.m. Wednesday:
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 !
WDRB.com also reported that “police were alerted after someone saw that Facebook post by Johnson. Officers then pinged Johnson’s phone and found his body.”
Johnson’s suicide comes a day after he held a press conference at his church, where he denied the recent allegations, which accused him of molesting a 17-year-old girl on New Year’s Eve in 2012.
It’s just the latest in a flurry of accusations that have been thrown at lawmakers in both parties in recent weeks, including Democratic Al Franken and failed GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.