A Kentucky state representative who was accused of molesting his daughter’s 17-year-old friend killed himself on Wednesday, one day after he took to Facebook to post a cryptic message labeling the allegations as false and blasting the “listen and believe” culture surrounding sexual misconduct claims.
State Rep. Dan Johnson, a Republican, was pronounced dead on Wednesday evening after he drove his car onto a bridge, parked on the north side of it, and committed suicide with a single gunshot wound to the head, WDRB reported. His body was found on the riverbank.
A day prior, Johnson published an agitated message on Facebook that seemed to imply he was planning to harm himself.
“The accusations from NPR are false GOD and only GOD knows the truth, nothing is the way they make it out to be,” the message read. “AMERICA will not survive this type of judge and jury fake news. Conservatives take a stand.”
“9-11-2001 NYC/WTC, PTSD 24/7 16 years is a sickness that will take my life, I cannot handle it any longer,” Johnson continued. “IT Has Won This Life. BUT HEAVEN IS MY HOME.”
Authorities were tipped off to the post and pinged Johnson’s phone to track him down and perform a wellness check, but instead they found his dead body.
Earlier this week, Johnson held a press conference to deny molesting a 17-year-old girl, who claimed that she had been assaulted on New Year’s Eve 2012. According to the alleged victim, an extremely intoxicated Johnson approached her in the parking lot of the church where he was pastor, kissed her, inappropriately touched her under her clothes.
Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin took to Twitter Wednesday night to express condolences for Johnson’s family.
“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…” he wrote.
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