LOUISVILLE (WHAS11) -- State Representative Dan Johnson is not backing down.
The Bullitt County Republican finished a news conference before noon on Tuesday, responding to allegations revealed in an investigative report that claims he molested a teenage girl just a few years ago.
Johnson outright denied the allegations and said there was a political motive for the story.
About a dozen family members and supporters stood behind the 49th District Republican at his church.
The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting interviewed a now 21-year-old woman who said Johnson stumbled into his house after a heavy night of drinking and molested her years ago. This incident happened, she claims, when she was 17.
A representative of Johnson would not detail the reasons why the woman would make those claims but said he runs a church “for real people with real problems” and sometimes there are real problems you have to deal with. He would only say that the girl had been involved in counseling with Johnson's wife.
Johnson said he would not follow the demands of his own party’s leadership who have called for him to step down. It's unclear if anyone in his party will file paperwork to have him removed from office but that would have to wait until the regular session begins on Jan. 2.