Kentucky GOP urges state lawmaker to resign after molestation allegations: report

Kentucky GOP urges state lawmaker to resign after molestation allegations: report
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The Kentucky Republican Party is calling on a GOP state lawmaker to resign following allegations he molested a 17-year-old girl in 2012.

"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,” said Mac Brown, the chairman of the Republican Party of Kentucky in a statement Monday, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.

“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," Brown said.

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According to the report, state Rep. Dan Johnson, a “bishop” at Louisville’s Heart of Fire Baptist Church, allegedly molested then-17-year-old Maranda Richmond.

Richmond told the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting that Johnson forcibly kissed, groped and penetrated her with his finger at a New Year’s Eve party. She said she begged him to stop, attempting to push him off her and telling him to go away, which he eventually did.

Richmond reported the incident to police the following April, but the department closed the case without interviewing Johnson, according to the investigative group.

Johnson isn't the only Kentucky state lawmaker facing sexual misconduct allegations.

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Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) has called on four other GOP state lawmakers facing allegations to resign.

The state’s Democrats are also urging Johnson to resign, saying the allegations are “deeply troubling.”

“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,” Democratic leaders said in a statement.