Dan Johnson was reported dead from 'probably suicide' just days after being accused of sexual assault.

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Kentucky lawmaker found dead days after being accused of sexual assault

The death was ruled a ‘probable suicide.’


Kris Seavers


Kentucky Republican state Rep. Dan Johnson, 57, died Wednesday on a bridge in Mt. Washington, just days after being faced with sexual assault allegations, WDRB in Louisville reported.

The Bullitt County coroner ruled Johnson’s death a “probable suicide,” and Bullitt County Sheriff Donnie Tinnell said a gun was recovered at the scene.

On Tuesday, Johnson denied allegations that he had molested a 17-year-old member of his church. The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting published a report from a 7-month investigation Monday alleging that Johnson, who was a pastor at Heart of Fire City Church, sexually assaulted his daughter’s friend.

Maranda Richmond, who is now 21, told reporters that after a New Year’s Eve party at Johnson’s house in 2012, she woke up on a couch to Johnson kneeling above her and that he groped and assaulted her.

“She begged her pastor to stop and tried to force him off, quietly,” KYCIR reported.

At a news conference on Tuesday, Johnson denied Richmond’s accusations and said he would not step down.

“This allegation concerning this lady, this young girl, absolutely has no merit, these are unfounded accusations, totally,” he said, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal.

WDRB reported that Wednesday evening, Johnson posted to Facebook.

“The accusations from NPR are false GOD and only GOD knows the truth, nothing is the way they make it out to be,” Johnson wrote. “AMERICA will not survive this type of judge and jury fake news. Conservatives take a stand.”

He also referenced 9/11, saying he suffered from PTSD after the attacks and calling it “a sickness that will take my life.” He wrote, “blame no person, Satan is the accuser so blame the Devil himself.”

Following Johnson’s death, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin said his heart “breaks for his family tonight.”

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul tweeted that he “cannot imagine his pain or the heartbreak his family is dealing with tonight.”

For more information about suicide prevention or to speak with someone confidentially, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (U.S.) or Samaritans (U.K.).

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