Kentucky State Rep. Dan Johnson committed suicide Wednesday evening, two days after the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting published accusations that he sexually assaulted a minor, the investigative reporting center reports. Johnson was a preacher from Bullitt County. He shot himself on a bridge over the Salt River. Johnson posted a suicide note on Facebook Wednesday evening calling the accusations false and telling conservatives to “take a stand.” Johnson wrote that, “AMERICA will not survive this type of judge and jury fake news.”
The Kentucky center investigation included an accusation from a 21-year-old woman that Johnson sexually assaulted her in the basement of his church in 2013. She was 17 at the time. The Louisville Police Department opened an inquiry, but detectives closed the case, citing a lack of interest or assistance from the teen. She told the center that she never wanted the case abandoned and that detectives reopened the case. Johnson denied the accusations, which he said were spawned by his political opponent, former Democratic Rep. Linda Belcher. The Republican Party of Kentucky, as well as Republican and Democratic leaders in the statehouse quickly called for Johnson to resign Monday after the story was published.