FRANKFORT, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting released a report titled “The Pope’s Long Con” that looked into the background of controversial Kentucky State Representative Dan Johnson of Bullitt County. Allegations uncovered include accusations that Rep. Johnson molested a 17-year-old girl who attended his church and was a close family friend.
As soon as the report was released the Kentucky Democratic Party’s executive director called for Representative Johnson to resign. The Kentucky GOP chairman has also called for the lawmaker to resign.
We’ve reached out to Rep. Johnson but have yet to hear back.
House Democratic Leadership released the following statement:
“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.”
Mary Nishimuta, executive director for the Kentucky Democratic Party, said:
"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.”
Statement of Kentucky House Speaker Pro Tempore David Osborne, House Majority Leader Jonathan Shell, Majority Whip Kevin Bratcher, and Majority Caucus Chairman David Meade Regarding Allegations Against Representative Dan Johnson:
“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.”