On Wednesday, Republican representative Dan Johnson’s body was found on the river bank near a bridge in Mt. Washington. Reports claim that Johnson drove his car onto the bridge, got out, and shot himself.
The news comes just a day after the representative refused to resign his congressional seat amid sexual molestation allegations. The allegations come from a 17-year-old who claims the congressman had kissed and fondled her after he’d been drinking. The teen had been living at the Heart of Fire City Church where Johnson was a pastor.
In a press conference on Tuesday, Johnson denied all allegations of any misconduct.
Shortly before 5:00 PM, a message was posted on the representative’s Facebook page that read:
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!
The message has since been erased from his Facebook account.
Matt Bevin, Governor of Kentucky said in a tweet that his “heart breaks for (Johnson’s) family.” Former Kentucky House Speaker Jeff Hoover expressed his sadness over the incident as well saying Johnson had reached out to him in his time of need.
The organization responsible for the reporting of the molestation allegations, the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting (created by Louisville Public Media) also expressed their sympathies for the congressman and his family by saying:
“All of us at Louisville Public Media are deeply sad to hear that State Representative Dan Johnson has died, apparently of suicide. We grieve for his family, friends, church community and constituents.
Our Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting released a report on Johnson this week. 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.”