A Kentucky state legislator has obviously taken his own life following allegations that surfaced in reports by the investigative arm of Louisville Public Media – the most genuine of which was the asserted rape a 17-year-old young lady in the storm cellar of the congregation where he filled in as minister.
Rep. Dan Johnson, 57, was discovered dead Wednesday evening adjacent to his car on a scaffold over the Salt River in Mt. Washington. Experts had been hunting down him since a post on his Facebook page – since expelled – that gave off an impression of being a suicide note. In the post he composed that “The allegations from NPR are false,” including that America “won’t survive this sort of judge and jury counterfeit news.”
NPR neither explored the story nor disclosed or distributed it, however the allegations of rape were a piece of an unflattering profile of Johnson distributed Monday by Louisville Public Media’s Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting.
In a reference to Johnson’s inclination for calling himself “pope,” the arrangement titled “The Pope’s Long Con: A Kentucky minister turned-legislator’s web of untruths,” likewise provide reason to feel ambiguous about his account of heroics in New York quickly after 9/11 and in addition conceivable protection extortion dating from the 1980s.
The report depended on police records and meetings, including of the lady who says that an alcoholic Johnson kissed her and petted her at the congregation over New Year’s Eve 2012.
KyCIR reports that sooner or later after the claimed episode, “The Louisville Metro Police Department opened a request, yet investigators later shut the case, refering to an absence of premium or help from the youngster. She disclosed to KyCIR she never needed the case surrendered …” Detectives revived the case months back, after KyCIR’s request.
Johnson – a staunch moderate – was chosen to the Kentucky governing body in 2016 after a crusade that quickly picked up him national reputation for posting bigot pictures of President Obama and his family. His Facebook profile picture, dated Oct. 3, 2016, indicates Johnson in administrative neckline remaining alongside a grinning Donald Trump.
At a news gathering held Tuesday at his Heart of Fire Church in the Fern Creek neighborhood of Louisville, Johnson said the assertion of rape “has no legitimacy.” He went ahead to reprimand NPR for the story, saying, “NPR is throwing the principal stone” as he held up a stone with ‘NPR’ composed on it.
In an announcement from Louisville Public Media, President Michael Skoler said the association was profoundly disheartened to know about Johnson’s passing.
Skoler said the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting’s point is “as usual, is to furnish the general population with certainty based, fair revealing and consider open authorities responsible for their activities.”
“As a feature of our procedure, we connected with Representative Johnson various circumstances through the span of a seven-month examination. He declined solicitations to discuss our discoveries,” he included.
Gov. Matt Bevin additionally tweeted: “My heart breaks for his family today around evening time.”
Saddened to hear of tonight’s death of KY Representative Dan Johnson…My heart breaks for his family tonight…These are heavy days in Frankfort and in America…May God indeed shed His grace on us all…We sure need it…
— Governor Matt Bevin (@GovMattBevin) December 14, 2017
What’s more, Kentucky House Speaker Rep. Jeff Hoover, who surrendered a month ago after charges of inappropriate behavior, posted on Twitter: “In America, those blamed for wrongdoing are assumed honest until demonstrated liable,” including, “Individual assaults don’t need to be a piece of legislative issues.”