Widow to run for seat of Kentucky lawmaker who killed self

US lawmaker Dan Johnson commandeered a church pulpit to deny molesting a teenage girl. AP  Timothy D. Easley

US lawmaker Dan Johnson commandeered a church pulpit to deny molesting a teenage girl. AP Timothy D. Easley

Bullitt County Coroner Dave Billings said Johnson died from a single gunshot Wednesday night on Greenwell Ford Road in Mount Washington, Kentucky. The gun was recovered by police.

On Monday, the Republican Party of Kentucky and leaders of the House Republican Caucus called for Johnson to resign after the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting published a lengthy article that said 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. Many of those cases have led to denials, resignations, apologies; though Johnson denied the allegations, some believe they pushed him over the edge.

Johnson's death shook his family, friends, constituents and members of his church, with Kentucky's political elite immediately expressing their sadness.

"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.

"Someone had posted to the effect of something about how they didn't feel worthy", she said, recalling the conversation on Wednesday afternoon. "May God indeed shed His grace on us all", and Sen.

When we pointed out that many people had doubted the stories, including the denial of involvement in the church arson, Rebecca Johnson said, "Well there's a lot of people in this city who've had fires in their homes or their businesses but I don't hear anybody going to them, did you do it?"

A special election will be called by Gov. Matt Bevin or House Speaker Pro Tem David Osborne, R-Prospect, to replace Johnson. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said in a tweet, "I can not imagine his pain or the heartbreak his family is dealing with".

Johnson went on to say PTSD is a sickness "that will take my life", asked for everyone to "Forgive and Love everyone especially yourself" and "blame no person, Satan is the accuser so blame the Devil himself".

"He was never alone with her, that's what so insane", Mrs. Johnson responded.

"He told her she'd like it".

Our Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting released a report on Johnson this week. She begged him to stop and tried to force the man, who weighed twice as much as she did, off her without waking Johnson's daughter. She attacked the reporter personally.

"He would help anyone and never expect anything in return", Johnson said.

"Our aim, as always, is to provide the public with fact-based, unbiased reporting and hold public officials accountable for their actions", Skoler said.

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