A Kentucky state lawmaker has apparently taken his own life following accusations that surfaced in reports by the investigative arm of Louisville Public Media – the most serious of which was the alleged sexual assault a 17-year-old girl in the basement of the church where he served as pastor.
Rep. Dan Johnson, 57, was found dead Wednesday evening beside his automobile on a bridge over the Salt River in Mt. Washington. Authorities had been searching for him since a post on his Facebook page – since removed – that appeared to be a suicide note. In the post he wrote that "The accusations from NPR are false," adding that America "will not survive this type of judge and jury fake news [sic]."
NPR neither investigated the story nor aired or published it, but the accusations of sexual assault were part of an unflattering profile of Johnson published Monday by Louisville Public Media's Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting (KyCIR).