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KY: A lawmaker accused of molesting a teen killed himself. His widow calls it a ‘high-tech lynching.’

Dan Johnson posted a final message on Facebook to his friends and family Wednesday afternoon. It appeared to be a goodbye.

In it, he denied the accusations that had tormented him and his family for the past 48 hours — that he, a Kentucky state representative and the self-proclaimed “Pope” of his Louisville church — had gotten drunk and molested a 17-year-old girl during a sleepover at the church years ago. Full Article

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  1. 290 air

    So a lawmaker, for 48 hours, has to deal with what we deal with our whole lives and he kills himself. Cry me a river. These guys make these laws then when they are accused of the same thing they can’t take the heat. “Hi tech lynching” welcome to our lives…

  2. mike r

    agreed, my heart is dead for any politicians… no sympathy here…even if he was a great guy, collateral damage to the war against domestic terrorist.

  3. counting the days

    I, for one, do feel for this man and his family. Without knowing his history or the specifics of this story, It is terrible that anybody feels that this is the only way out. I feel this way every day, but somehow I get through it. I never know if tomorrow will be the day I give up.
    He felt that even this accusation, trivial by comparison to many of ours, was going to be too much to handle. I suspect that there was more to his history than has initially come out, and that makes this all the more sad for everyone involved. It shows the tragedy of this when suicide is the best option. I have a hard time reading about these events because it triggers me into dark places. If he, with a family to live and provide for, can choose this path, what is to stop someone like me, who has lost way more than he could have imagined.
    He chose a path that has left family and friends grieving for him. I understand his thinking, though.

    • Facts should matter

      He knew there would be MORE people coming forward, along with a subsequent investigation, civil/criminal charges and didn’t want to die on the registry. The higher the fall, the more burdensome the shame. And he blamed his final actions on PTSD from 9/11 cleanup which we all know is nonsense and reality denial.

      I have less than zero sympathy for this two-faced Christian.

      His fate and legacy was sealed the moment his past caught up with him.

      • Matt

        My parents have made the point to me since I got my charge (CP from using the file-sharing program limewire when I was 19, 10 years ago) that thank God they didn’t have the technology we have now, back when they were young. Every single one of them would be registered sex offenders.

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