Published: Fri, December 15, 2017
Global | By Shelia Dennis

U.S. lawmaker kills himself amid sexual misconduct allegations

U.S. lawmaker kills himself amid sexual misconduct allegations

It appeared to be a goodbye. "They were somebody we knew and he said, 'I felt like that today". "I can not handle it any longer".

Dan Johnson reportedly shot and killed himself on a bridge in Mt. Washington, Kentucky, according to WDRB.com in Louisville. He parked, got out of his vehicle and shot himself with a.40-caliber handgun, according to Bullitt County Sheriff Donnie Tinnell.

Rep. Wesley Morgan said the news came as a shock and with sadness, but his death may be hiding the truth in the recent sexual assault allegations.

"I don't want to blast this girl, I have a lot of compassion for her", Johnson said, according to the Courier-Journal. "My prayers are with his family and friends", Roberts said.

Still Rebecca Johnson sat down with us on the steps inside the chapel where her husband preached answering questions about the emotional roller coast and allegations hovering over the death of Representative Dan Johnson. "These high-tech lynchings based on lies and half-truths can't be allowed to win the day. I've been fighting behind my husband for thirty years and his fight will go on".

Gov. Matt Bevin tweeted a statement Wednesday night, saying his "heart breaks for (Johnson's) family". "May God indeed shed his grace on us all". Rand Paul, R-Ky., said in a tweet, "I can not imagine his pain or the heartbreak his family is dealing with".

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

Our Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting released a report on Johnson this week.

Johnson said the woman was a church member who was upset with how he spoke to the girls that night.

Tinnell said a neighbor found Johnson's body and dialed 911. She thought he was putting his arm around her for balance, until his hand allegedly slipped up the girl's shirt, the Center reported.

"Someone had posted to the effect of something about how they didn't feel worthy", she said, recalling the conversation on Wednesday afternoon.

"He told her she'd like it". "And it's devastating because most of the people know that's not who he is". She said no, she didn't.

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"That was very tragic and unfortunate", Faith said of Johnson's death.

"Jeff Hoover, the speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives, paid tribute to Mr Johnson on Twitter, saying the representative had helped him through 'the darkest days of my life".

Michael Skoler, president of Louisville Public Media, which owns the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, said everyone at the organization is "deeply sad". "As part of our process, we reached out to Rep. Johnson numerous times over the course of a seven-month investigation".

During a press conference at his church, Johnson led the choir in hymns before issuing a statement.

A sign outside Johnson's Heart of Fire Church read Thursday: "Satan accuses".

Eltagouri reported from Washington.

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