LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A Kentucky lawmaker who apparently killed himself amid accusations of sexually assaulting a teenage girl is remembered in the same church where he had preached and denied the allegations.
Then, Johnson’s family and friends are gathering Monday in the Heart of the Fire of the church in Louisville, Kentucky. The 57-year-old Johnson’s body was found last week along a secluded road with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
The first-term legislator found himself in the spotlight a week ago, when the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting published an account of a woman who said Johnson sexually assaulted her in the basement of his home in 2013.
A day after the report, Johnson called the accusations “totally inaccurate” during a press conference at his church, where he is the self-named “the pope.”
Johnson died the following night.