Kentucky State Rep Commits Suicide, Blames Media For Molestation Allegations In Online Note

One Kentucky state representative who was under investigation for molesting a 17-year-old girl back in 2012 has committed suicide and leaving a public suicide note where he blamed media reports about the allegations for driving him to such desperation.

Police were called to the scene around 7:30 p.m. Authorities discovered the lawmaker's body in front of his truck and a 40-caliber semi-automatic handgun nearby.

Bullitt County Sheriff Donnie Tinnell said Johnson drove onto 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 nearby, according to

Just before 5 p.m. Wednesday, Johnson posted the following message on his Facebook page:

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 !

Relatives became concerned after seeing the post and reached out to law enforcement. Officers then pinged Johnson's phone and found his body.

Johnson held a press conference at his church on Tuesday where he denied the molestation allegations. According to court documents obtained by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, the alleged molestation took place on New Year's Eve in 2012. The alleged victim, who was 17 at the time, told authorities that she was staying in a living area of the Heart of Fire City Church where Johnson was pastor, when Johnson, who had been drinking a lot, approached her, kissed her and fondled her under her clothes.

Michael Skoler, the president of Louisville Public Media, which owns the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, released a statement after Johnson's death:

"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."

Johnson was never criminally charged.

Gov. Matt Bevin tweeted a statement Wednesday night, saying his "heart breaks for (Johnson's) family."




JimmyJones juangrande Thu, 12/14/2017 - 12:01 Permalink

I wonder if this is related.… Democratic president of the Massachusetts state Senate has relinquished his role amid allegations his husband engaged in sexual misconduct by attempting to grant political favors in exchange for gay sex acts.Seems the Swamp is draining from the bottom up.I will add that his facebook account should be examined to see if a non-normal device was used to access his account.  Check the Mac Address info, Facebook keeps logs that would store that info.  Also make sure from the time of death that he was actually alive when that message was sent.

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pods tmosley Thu, 12/14/2017 - 09:18 Permalink

Using that description puzzled me too. He didn't molest her. He sexually assaulted her.  No wonder people in their 30's are thought of as kids. Age of consent here in NC is 16 and there are other rules it seems about age differential.The accusation sounds pretty plausible to me.  Then the guy threw the kitchen sink out there to try and throw off the accusation.  Like a fighter plane dropping chaff and flares as the missile gets closer.pods 

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curbjob tmosley Thu, 12/14/2017 - 09:55 Permalink

 If her allegations are true, then he did society a favor.Maranda Richmond, now 21, told KyCIR that Johnson, who’d been her pastor and a close family friend, sexually abused her in 2012 when she was 17. She said she’d been spending the night with Johnson’s daughter when the pastor, apparently intoxicated, returned home and groped her breasts while she was sleeping on a the sofa.“He stuck his tongue in her mouth. Then, he forced his hands down her pants, underneath her underwear, and penetrated her with his finger,” the report said. 

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Eyes Opened moonshadow Thu, 12/14/2017 - 13:54 Permalink

Here's a FACT... once the media got hold of the story, true or false, they hounded him to the point of suicide....Whatever happened to due process ?? (Thats rhetorical...)Look at Judge Roy Moore's accuser finally admitting lies....MSM & social media are the new judge & jury, THAT is a bad thing surely...... to those here gloating over the death of another human being I say...Let him without sin cast the first stone....

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swmnguy . . . _ _ _ . . . Thu, 12/14/2017 - 09:56 Permalink

You're on the right track.  Just a little bit of web-surfing reveals a lot of troubling stuff about this guy.  The Kentucky GOP had tried several times to get this guy to resign from the Legislature. There were issues about the church he ran.  There were issues with racist posts he put on Facebook.  His conduct in general seems to have been...dubious.  The incident with the 17 year-old girl is, as you point out, an issue of consent, not sex.  So discussions of the age of consent in Kentucky are off-point.  The spokesman for the Kentucky GOP shows no doubts about the allegations.The truly moral people I've known in my life didn't have to run around shouting at the top of their lungs.  Everybody knew they were moral people because of the things they did.  Aggressively moralistic individuals who want to run churches and get into politics are protesting a bit too much, so it comes as no surprise when truly ugly behavior surfaces.  It's not just that it makes a nice plot twist in a story.  It's that those are the kinds of people who are really troubled and hurt a lot of people.It's very much too bad this guy killed himself.  Where there's life, there's hope.  People can change, and do it all the time.  They may not be able to continue to live their contrived personae, but that's part of growing up and living in reality.  This guy decided his contrived persona was more important to him than his actual life.  That's what's really sad.

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Miffed Microbi… swmnguy Thu, 12/14/2017 - 10:34 Permalink

The fact he still lied at the end of his life is most revealing. If he were truly a Christian and purported to follow Christ's teachings then his only course of action would have been to confess, repent and accept the ramifications of his choices.

This man was a evil psychopath who sought power to abuse others as they all do. He killed himself because he knew more was going to come out about him and he didn't have the belly for anal rape in prison being not fully protected by the Elite.


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Miffed Microbi… PhilofOz Thu, 12/14/2017 - 13:44 Permalink

Whether she lied or not really isn't important. People lie all the time. I've been lied to. In my past I have,unfortunately, told lies myself. I have made reparations for these lies and moved on and never made those mistakes again. What else can one do?

All we have in this world is our own personal truth. Whether we lie to ourselves to try and escape it is one choice but that truth still remains. The wise among us know it's best to face those truths rather than forever running away making excuses.

The bottom line is it doesn't matter what anyone accuses you of. The truth remains whether you're put to the guillotine or not. That is living a courageous life.


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Endgame Napoleon tmosley Thu, 12/14/2017 - 10:05 Permalink

So, why was a 17-year-old girl, much less all of the girls who are much younger and accusing men of groping and other types of touching in much more questionable settings, AT a party where a lot of adults were drinking heavily?

According to the fake-feminist media, this groping and molestation is at crisis levels. Many accusers most certainly can ruin people’s lives with a statement, whether true or untrue, because of the hype on this issue due to the ratings-boosting, profit-generating capacity of sex stories in the media.

But IF underaged girls are being molested at the rate reported—and I do not believe it is as rampant as reported—we need for Department of Children’s Services employees to be much more vigilant in policing this phenomenon, rather than taking so many days off as public servants.

That can only mean that working moms are NOT watching their children closely enough. And there is no excuse for it. Parents have never gotten so much financial help from government, from EBT groceries to subsidized rent and child tax credits up to $6,444.

Working moms also dominate most office jobs in crony gangs, which protect moms from any repercussions for a MASSIVE amount of absenteeism in the name of protecting their kids. They take days, weeks, mornings and afternoons off for kids, frequently, beyond their allotted PTO and multiple pregnancy leaves. I have seen ONE mom fired for it, but only because it was all-day, everyday absenteeism in a management job.

So, why are these moms not protecting their teenage daughters from this rampant molestation?

Moms have PLENTY of time off from work to watch their kids. If the babysitters, grandparents and low-wage daycare workers are not watching their kids closely enough, they need to sacrifice keeping-up-with-the-Jones’ money to stay home and monitor their kids more closely, especially in the teenage years when these girls are so vulnerable to the groper around every corner.

Of course, there is NO reason for your teenage daughter to be at a drunken gathering of adults anywhere / any time if you are sacrificing your personal time to watch her. If you do not wish to cede personal time to monitor kids, perhaps, you should not have so many kids, reducing the number you have to manageable levels.

In today’s world of parenting, there are no social pressures—no standards for the parents to uphold. The man is not even expected to ask the woman he impregnated to marry him, nor is he expected to support his child. And the woman is set up by government in an “independent” household, with increasing amounts of monthly welfare and child-tax-credit freebies from government per child produced out of wedlock, provided she works part time to stay below the earned-income limit for welfare.

Ditto for workplaces, which cater to absentee moms, whether married or single. It is all about what society owes the “working families” for reproducing, not about making sacrifices to support and watch your kids.

If parents won’t sacrifice their personal time to protect their teenage daughters from this [alleged] epidemic of groping, the well-vacationed workers at DCS need to do it.

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Miffed Microbi… Endgame Napoleon Thu, 12/14/2017 - 11:19 Permalink

As a mother of two girls I must say you cannot protect them 7/24. This is simply not reasonable. We told them there were predators out in the world and to be careful but we did not want to instill paranoia.

When we moved to our present home several neighbors said one man was on everyones radar. He had invited several of the neighbor girls over to his house for supposedly innocent reasons but this was a ruse for other activities. No one was raped and he took no for an answer. Our girls were 8 and 12 and they felt they would be approached at some point. Mr paid our new neighbor a visit and told him the way things were. "David" vehemently denied the accusations and Mr said that was inconsequential, he was describing what would occur if he walked down a path. We told our girls never to associate with David unless an adult was present. From this point forward we treated him with respect as everyone else.

A few years later when my eldest was home alone, David knocked on the door. She got my XD 40 and locked herself in the bathroom not responding to his repeated knocks.Eventually he left. I found out later he just wanted to borrow a bale of hay. I don't think anything would have happened but I thought my daughter's actions were appropriate for that situation.

I was nearly raped on a bus late at night when I was 15. My father was dying of COPD and my mother was mentally ill. Sometimes the deck you are dealt in this life is not a winning hand but you must play it as best as you are able.


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shocktherapy Miffed Microbi… Thu, 12/14/2017 - 12:06 Permalink

The amount of up votes, for the comment below, shows you how to dwindle your base. And for you White man to down vote this White women shows the content of your character.Molestation is sexual assault or abuse of a person, especially a woman or child. tmosley   shitshitshit Dec 14, 2017 9:11 AM>molesting>a 17 year old girlThis is getting pretty fucking ridiculous. 17 is the age of consent in a LOT of states.

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Kilroyishere shocktherapy Thu, 12/14/2017 - 12:59 Permalink

Well, you white women better quit teaching these "girls" to act like little princesses.  As a matter of fact, you white women should stop dressing, talking and acting like little whores as well.  Want to stop the abuse of young ones?  Take the advertisement of sexual promiscuity away.  Don't want to be treated like the town trollop?  STOP acting, speaking and dressing like one you idiots!Seems you should pull the beam out of your eye before you note the speck in mine.  Damn I hate a hypocrite.  This society is getting steeped in their vitriolic diatribe.  I sure hope God culls the herd soon.  So tired of hearing idiots like this banter on.

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J S Bach shitshitshit Thu, 12/14/2017 - 09:14 Permalink

What I don't get is this...If you were completely innocent of something as heinous as sexual abuse, wouldn't your natural reaction be to fight aggressively to save your reputation against your false accusers?  Commiting suicide is complete capitulation and indicates that the accused is probably guilty. (Still not worthy of suicide though)

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Kina J S Bach Thu, 12/14/2017 - 09:17 Permalink

What a load of shit.When it comes to molestation - accusation is always seen as guilt.You are gulty unless you can prove yourself innocent - and how to do that when it is word against word.To draw the assumptions you have is morally disgusting.So you are another pedophile right - I heard it from NPR, so must be true.So now, try and prove your innocence.

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J S Bach Kina Thu, 12/14/2017 - 09:43 Permalink

Sorry that you missed my point, Kina.Try putting yourself in a similar situation.  Would you actually TAKE YOUR OWN LIFE if you were innocent of a crime?  I know it's an almost impossible battle in today's world having to remove the accusatory stain of sexual predator, but still...If it were me... I would scream from the rooftops my innocence.  How did we KNOW OJ Simpson was guilty?  Because he ran away in that Bronco.  An innocent man does NOT run away - he adamantly faces his accuser.  Commiting suicide is running away.

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Toxicosis J S Bach Thu, 12/14/2017 - 09:48 Permalink

False accusations are plain and simple abuse.  They cause an immediate loss of reputation, constant fear, mass feelings of humiliation and a blow to the ego.  Teachers are falsely accused all the time, especially male, and the stress of worrying about that is brutal.  Some people have a much greater conscience than you obviously, and self-hate and even PTSD suffered over the years.  And remember your always guilty in eyes of the public and on Google, forever.

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Toxicosis J S Bach Thu, 12/14/2017 - 10:14 Permalink

People of no conscience suffer virtually no stress, guilt, shame, fear, or despair.  Narcissists have no conscience.  Narcissists are predators.  He may not have been able to live with the blow to how others would see him.  Thus his self awareness and his possilbe higher level of conscience and with all the humiliation, shame and pain was just too much for him.

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swmnguy Hikikomori Thu, 12/14/2017 - 09:42 Permalink

A lot of times that happens because Prosecutors have been allowed to make multiple charges for the same offense, stacking up charges to the point of threatening more or less a life sentence.  And since Prosecutors are allowed to win well over 90% of the cases they file, defendants are counseled to plea to one of the charges, with the others being thrown out.  Even if a defendant didn't commit the crime as charged, or if the incident in question is grossly distorted by the Prosecution, the worst crime in America today is disrespect to the system.  A completely innocent defendant who in fact could not have committed the crime will be convicted on all charges, with aggravating factors thrown in, for denying too vociferously.  So yes, many defendants decide a 5 year term in prison and life as a convicted felon after release is still better than life behind bars, even if all they have really done is be the one the police selected to turn over to Prosecutors.  In many of these cases, everybody involved knows the charged defendant didn't do what he was charged with, but the process has to be fed and respected at all costs.  One of the great benefits of attaining at least the middle class is that I, for one, have two lawyers in my phone.  If the police ever come to my door, I'll have one of them on the phone before I even open the door.  Most of the people charged with 10 felonies for one incident don't have the social connections or the available funds to have an attorney on the line when the police come knocking.  And in the majority of cases where there is no clear perpetrator, just having an attorney at the first point of contact with the cops is enough to send them after easier pickings.  When reduced to fundamentals, the job of the police is to find someone they can refer to the Prosecutor's office to be charged.  It's nicer for everyone when there's reason to think the selected defendant really committed the crime, but it's not necessary and when push comes to shove, it's not required.

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