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United States lawmaker kills himself amid sexual misconduct allegations

United States lawmaker kills himself amid sexual misconduct allegations

Billings said Johnson stopped his auto at the end of a bridge in a secluded area, then got out and walked to the front of the vehicle.

According to Billings, the nature of the injury indicates that the lawmaker's death was a "probable suicide", though the results of the autopsy are still pending.

The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting published an expose on Monday detailing allegations that Johnson forced himself on a 17-year-old friend of his daughter after a New Year's Eve party in 2012.

"Our Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting released a report on Johnson this week".

KyCIR reports that at some time after the alleged incident, "The Louisville Metro Police Department opened an inquiry, but detectives later closed the case, citing a lack of interest or assistance from the teen".




However, on Tuesday the pastor turned politician had downplayed the accusation as false. He referenced Republican Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, who faces accusations of sexual misconduct from multiple women.

Shortly before 5 p.m. Wednesday, Johnson posted a message on his Facebook page that he asked people to care for his wife, according to the AP. IT Has Won This Life. Authorities had been searching for him since a post on his Facebook page - since removed - that appeared to be a suicide note. "He declined requests to talk about our findings", he added. But leaders of the state Republican and Democratic parties had called for the representative to resign.

"It is with great sadness that we have received confirmed reports of the passing of Rep. Dan Johnson this evening". Three other lawmakers were involved in the settlement, and all lost their committee chairmanships.

"Jeff Hoover, the speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives, paid tribute to Mr Johnson on Twitter, saying the representative had helped him through 'the darkest days of my life".

Gov. Matt Bevin tweeted a statement Wednesday night, saying his "heart breaks for (Johnson's) family". "We sure need it".


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