Kentucky lawmaker’s death stunned the Statehouse already beset by sex scandal

Kentucky State Rep. Dan Johnson obviously killed Wednesday amid a sexual assault allegation, only a few weeks after a sex scandal rocked the government of the Federal state.

(Associated Press)

The death, the scandals, a representative of the state — apparently committed suicide Wednesday after being accused of abuse — shock waves sent by a Kentucky Statehouse already shaken by other sexual misconduct.

State Rep. Dan Johnson, 57, appeared to have shot himself, just a few days after a woman claimed, allegedly, that he had sexually harassed her, on New Year’s Day in 2013, when she was 17, according to police and the local coroner. An autopsy was scheduled for Thursday.

The indictment against Johnson was published on Monday by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting (KyCIR), which also cast doubt on the Republican claim that he had the establishment of a morgue at Ground Zero after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

According to KyCIR, Johnson forced himself on his accusers.

Johnson said at a press conference in his Church on Tuesday, that the claim is “absolutely no merit,” before adding that he was “very sad” that his accuser was “in this dark place in your life.”

The former pastor, who allegedly called himself the “Pope” at the beginning said that he did not remember what happened on the night in question because he was “drugged” in a bar.

Later, he backtracked and said he did not recall that he room never in the sue, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal.

Fiery Facebook post

On Wednesday, Johnson again the charges in a fiery final Facebook post.

A little over two hours ago, this post appeared on Johnson’s Facebook page. @WDRBNews

— Travis Ragsdale (@Travis Ragsdale) December 14, 2017

“The allegations by NPR of the false GOD, and only GOD knows the truth, nothing is the way you make it out to be,” Johnson apparently wrote. “AMERICA will not survive this kind of judge and jury fake messages. The conservatives come in. I LOVE GOD and I LOVE MY WIFE, who is the best WOMAN in the world, My love for ever and ever!”

Johnson also wrote that the post was-traumatic stress disorder “is a disease, you take my life, I can’t handle it anymore. You won in this life, BUT HEAVEN IS MY HOME.”

After Johnson’s death, Louisville Public media, which said the supervision of KyCIR, that it was “deeply saddened” to learn of Johnson’s death and would “feel sad for his family, friends, community and electorate.”

The episode unfolds in less than two months after a minimum of four Kentucky legislators, as well as the chief of staff of the state House speaker, have been linked by the Courier-Journal, a confidential settlement of a sexual harassment claim by a female employee.

The newspaper’s report, Gov. Matt Bevin invited to call in November, when “every individual” in the Kentucky Capitol involved to resign for misconduct.

Of the five nominees, which have been recognized by the Courier-Journal, two of some misconduct.

Rep. Brian Linder admitted to signing of the settlement and apologized for the emergence of “sorrow and shame” and admitted that he had reported made “some mistakes,” the Courier-Journal.

‘Saved by the grace of God”

Jeff Hoover, and Kentucky, the Republican speaker of the house of representatives, joined broke its leading position shortly after the news of the settlement.

He admitted in a press conference that he will “send wrong”, what he said was consensual-text-message “banter” to a colleague.

“I have asked and received forgiveness from God, my family, my wife, Karen, and my daughters,” Hoover said.

In America, accused of wrongdoing are innocent until proven guilty. People posting accusations on social media as truth, and those who self-righteous and indignant over the mere accusations have to do better. Personal attacks need not be part of the policy.

— Jeff Hoover (@KYHoover) December 14, 2017

The courier-Journal published, which described the text messages, sent seemingly by Hoover, who saved himself on Twitter as a “sinner, by the grace of God.”

“If you have decided to send you a photo of the black lace g-string, I don’t share. For my eyes only,” read the text.

After Johnson’s death, Hoover and his followers admonished on Twitter for the treatment of accusations of misconduct with a healthy skepticism.

“I’m very sad about the passing of Rep. Dan Johnson,” Hoover tweeted. “In the past few weeks, in some of the darkest days of my life, he reached to me, encouraged me and prayed for me. Prayers for his wife, children, grandchildren, and all affected by this sad event.

“In America, accused of wrongdoing are innocent until proven guilty. People posting accusations on social media as truth, and those who self-righteous and indignant over the mere accusations have to do better. Personal attacks need not be at a part of the policy,” he continued.

In 2015, Thomas Clay, the attorney who represented Hoover’s Prosecutor, won a $400,000 settlement for the three women in a sexual harassment and retaliation case, with Kentucky house Democrats, the Courier-Journal reported.

The women worked in the state Legislative Research Commission, a state Agency, the heads Statehouse administrative functions in Kentucky.

Clay said at the time that he was “optimistic” that the deal would be to fix the culture at the state Capitol, WFPL reported.

“We still have the same people,” said Clay.

Gregg Re is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @gregg_re.

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