Rep. Dan Johnson denies molestation allegations, won't resign

Bullitt Co. lawmaker says he won't resign after sexual abuse claims

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The sign outside of the church on Bardstown Road was a hint of the message we'd hear from the pulpit. The sign read, “Satan accuses. God says, ‘you’re not guilty’. Noon, Sunday.”

Kentucky's 49th District House Representative called the months-long investigation 'disturbing' accusing Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting story a politically motivated attack.

The Bullitt County Republican began his news conference singing church music. Standing silently in the sanctuary, behind the row of cameras, were two men who we later confirmed were LMPD officers.

Although they would not say why they were standing in the sanctuary, one took notes on paper and had a handheld recorder.

Allegations in the KY CIR story brought a wave of calls for the preacher turned lawmaker to step down. But Dan Johnson says the only place he's going is back to work in Frankfort.

"Today, of course is a day where a lot of people are watching as5 people are being judged by accusation,” said Representative Dan Johnson. “Totally judged by accusation. They're not just being judged, they're being condemned by accusation."

The Republican’s denial was long on suggestion but short on fire and brimstone when it came to the now 21-year-old woman at the center of the most concerning allegations.

She claims that a drunken Dan Johnson stumbled home on New Year’s Eve 2012 and molested her while his own daughter slept just feet away. The woman would have been 17-years-old at the time.

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"My feeling was that she was, that she was a good young woman in our church,” said Johnson. “She was just one of the people that was in our church. I didn't characterize her any differently but a lot of folks who come to our church, our church is that kind of church we're a church were people who have problems come to church."

Rebecca Johnson, Dan's wife, passionately defended her husband.

“I counseled her a lot,” she said of the accuser, “just like a daughter and, I don't know, I guess that didn't go over real good."

Political opponents have demanded the Bullitt County Republican resign. Even his own party's leaders demand he step down. To those on both sides of the aisle he sent a clear message, he’s not backing down.

“If that's the case, I tell you what, Frankfort may have a bunch of empty seats,” he insisted. “If it runs just on accusations, it would be a hard place to fill the seats in the Senate, the House or anywhere else."

“This is something that is totally false,” he said. “There is no reason why I would resign. And for anyone who has gotten wobbly in their thoughts, anybody who has gotten wobbly in how they're standing with me in the political ranks, you know they need to toughen up a little bit.”

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