FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - A new report by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting is causing leaders on both sides of the aisle to call for the resignation of a Kentucky politician.
The online report details reports of an alleged sexual assault carried out by Representative Dan Johnson of Bullitt County on a then-17-year-old girl. The alleged victim told the paper Johnson forced himself on her as she slept over at his house as a guest of one of Johnson's daughters. Louisville police investigated but eventually dropped the case, according to the report.
Johnson represents the 49th district. He came under fire during his campaign in 2016 over a post made to his Facebook page. The post showed photos of then-President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, with ape-like features.
Johnson is facing calls from his own party to resign. A statement from
Kentucky House Speaker Pro Tempore David Osborne, House Majority Leader Jonathan Shell, Majority Whip Kevin Bratcher, and Majority Caucus Chairman David Meade stated, "The allegations made public in today’s media accounts are shocking. The victim’s statements, made on the record in her own name, are compelling and deeply troubling. Based on the information presented in this report we are calling on Representative Johnson to resign.
When credible, well-documented allegations surface it is imperative that they be taken seriously. We hope the relevant law enforcement agencies took this matter seriously when it was initially investigated, and that follow-up steps are being taken to ensure nothing was missed that might materially change the course of the case.”
House Democratic Leader Rocky Adkins, House Democratic Caucus Chair Dennis Keene and House Democratic Whip Wilson Stone released a joint statement saying: “The allegations of felony sexual abuse and other crimes against Rep. Dan Johnson are deeply troubling and demand his resignation from the House of Representatives. All of his unlawful acts should be investigated to the fullest extent, but we particularly urge the appropriate law enforcement agencies to carefully re-examine accusations of sexual misconduct so that justice is secured for his alleged victim.”
Republican Party of Kentucky Chairman Mac Brown released the following statement:
“Last October, after local media reports about reprehensible and racist posts on his Facebook page, we asked then-candidate Dan Johnson to drop out of the race for State Representative. Following today’s extensively sourced and documented story from the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, we once again find ourselves in a position where we must call for him to resign, this time, from the Kentucky General Assembly.”
"Given the seriousness of these allegations, Rep. Johnson should step down immediately. This is indicative of a corrupt culture in Frankfort that the Republican party continues to accept. Kentucky’s families deserve better,” Mary Nishimuta, executive director for the Kentucky Democratic Party said.