Kentucky rep, gun-toting preacher commits suicide after sexual assault accusations
By Ben Philippi
Kentucky state Rep. Dan Johnson dismissed allegations that he molested an underage girl during a press conference this week. (Photo: WLKY)
Kentucky state Rep. Dan Johnson, who had built a reputation for himself as a gun-toting, motorcycle-riding preacher, committed suicide on Wednesday following allegations that he molested an underage girl and other crimes.
Details of Johnson’s alleged misbehavior were uncovered by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, a Louisville-based journalism non-profit, in an exposé called The Pope’s Long Con. The report detailed Johnson as embroiled in a web of lies and deceit and described his role in a mysterious fire and the sexual misconduct.
According to the report, Johnson allegedly molested a 17-year-old girl staying at a living area of the Heart of Fire City Church where he was a pastor. The teen told authorities that he approached her on New Year’s Eve in 2012 while she slept. He was drunk, started to kiss her and fondled her under her clothes.
Although police did not charge him with a crime after the teen reported it in 2013, they re-opened an investigation into the matter on Tuesday. Following the news, the Republican Party of Kentucky and leaders of the House Republican Caucus called for Johnson to