A Kentucky lawmaker who was accused of sexually molesting a 17-year-old girl was found shot dead Wednesday, and police believe it was by his own hand.
Why do police think it was suicide?
Kentucky state Rep. Dan Johnson was found on a bridge dead from a gunshot wound. Police discovered the body after being contacted by someone who was concerned over a post the lawmaker made on his Facebook account.
“The accusations from NPR are false GOD and only GOD knows the truth, nothing is the way they make it out to be,” he wrote. “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,” he continued.
“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 post concluded.
What were the molestation allegations?
Johnson was under investigation over accusations that he kissed and fondled a 17-year-old in 2012 while he was a pastor at Heart of Fire City Church. The incident allegedly happened on New Year’s Eve after Johnson had drank too much alcohol.
He had vehemently denied the allegations, but had not been charged criminally.
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin tweeted about the apparent suicide Wednesday.
Saddened to hear of tonight’s death of KY Representative Dan Johnson…My heart breaks for his family tonight…These are heavy days in Frankfort and in America…May God indeed shed His grace on us all…We sure need it…
— Governor Matt Bevin (@GovMattBevin) December 14, 2017