A Kentucky state representative has committed suicide amid allegations of sexually abusing a 17-year-old girl in 2012.
State Rep. Dan Johnson, 57, shot himself dead on Dec. 13, the New York Daily News reported. He reportedly shot himself near a bridge in Louisville, according to Bullitt County Coroner Dave Billings.
Johnson would often refer to himself as "the Pope." He was the pastor of a local church.
The Kentucky state representative was also known for claiming he had witnessed the second plane crash into the World Trade Center on 9/11. He said he gave last rites to several people who were rescued from the wreckage.
Johnson also said he had set up a morgue at Ground Zero, a claim most experts found far-fetched. Several officials with the medical examiner’s office also said they did not remember seeing Johnson at the scene, according to the New York Daily News.
“It was heaven, and it was hell. It was both. It was heaven in the middle of a hell,” Johnson said during a 2016 interview. “9/11 changed our world.”
Johnson was also accused of molesting a 17-year-old girl on New Year's Eve in 2012, according to the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting. Johnson reportedly kissed the girl, groped her and penetrated her with his finger.
The case was closed and charges were never filed against Johnson.
Despite the allegations against Johnson, several of his colleagues took to Twitter to defend him and honor his legacy.
Johnson also took to Facebook shortly before he was found dead to deny the allegations, WDRB reported:
The accusations from NPR are false GOD and only GOD knows the truth, nothing is the way they make it out to be. AMERICA will not survive this type of judge and jury fake news . Conservatives take a stand. I LOVE GOD and I LOVE MY WIFE, who is the best WIFE in the world, My Love Forever ! My Mom and Dad my FAMILY and all five of my kids and Nine grandchildren two in tummies and many more to come each of you or a total gift from GOD stay strong, REBECCA needs YOU . 9-11-2001 NYC/WTC, PTSD 24/7 16 years is a sickness that will take my life, I cannot handle it any longer. IT Has Won This Life . BUT HEAVEN IS MY HOME. “PLEASE LISTEN CLOSELY, Only Three things I ask of you to do, if you love me is (1) blame no person, Satan is the accuser, so blame the Devil himself. (2) Forgive and Love everyone especially yourself . (3) most importantly LOVE GOD. P.S. I LOVE MY FRIENDS YOU ARE FAMILY ! GOD LOVES ALL PEOPLE NO MATTER WHAT !