#Republican lawmaker accused of sex crimes commits suicide

Screenshot 2017-12-14 at 09.04.52A Kentucky lawmaker who on Tuesday denied accusations that he molested a 17-year-old girl in 2012 died Wednesday night of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the Bullitt County coroner.

State Rep. Dan Johnson died of a single gunshot wound on Greenwell Ford Road at an undetermined time Wednesday night, Bullitt County coroner Dave Billings confirmed.

The Republican Party of Kentucky and leaders of the House Republican Caucus called for Johnson to step down Monday after the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting published a lengthy article saying that Johnson allegedly forcibly kissed, groped and used his finger to penetrate a 17-year-old girl, despite her asking him to stop, on New Year’s Eve 2012.

Johnson served as the “bishop” of the Heart of Fire Church in Louisville, a church he said reached out to people who might not be welcomed at other churches. He became a state representative in 2016, after beating Democratic incumbent Linda Belcher.

Merced Sun-Star

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