Accusations are not proof

A very dark, tragic story from today: Kentucky State Rep. Dan Johnson dies of ‘probable suicide’ in Mt. Washington. The question you are to ask yourself as you read the story is how exactly was Johnson supposed to clear himself of the accusation if it was actually untrue?

Kentucky State Rep. Dan Johnson, who was under investigation for alleged sexual molestation, died of a “probable suicide,” the Bullitt County coroner said.

Bullitt County Sheriff Donnie Tinnell said Johnson drove onto the bridge over the Salt River on Greenwell Ford Road in Mt. Washington, parked on the north side of it and shot himself in front of his car. His body was found on the bank of the river, just past the bridge.

Just before 5 p.m. Wednesday, Johnson posted the following message on his Facebook page:

The accusations from NPR are false GOD and only GOD knows the truth, nothing is the way they make it out to be. AMERICA will not survive this type of judge and jury fake news . Conservatives take a stand. I LOVE GOD and I LOVE MY WIFE, who is the best WIFE in the world,My Love Forever ! My Mom and Dad my FAMILY and all five of my kids and Nine grandchildren two in tummies and many more to come each of you or a total gift from GOD stay strong, REBECCA needs YOU . 9-11-2001 NYC/WTC, PTSD 24/7 16 years is a sickness that will take my life, I cannot handle it any longer. IT Has Won This Life . BUT HEAVEN IS MY HOME. “PLEASE LISTEN CLOSELY, Only Three things I ask of you to do,if you love me is (1)blame no person,Satan is the accuser, so blame the Devil himself. (2) Forgive and Love everyone especially yourself .(3)most importantly LOVE GOD. P.S. I LOVE MY FRIENDS YOU ARE FAMILY ! GOD LOVES ALL PEOPLE NO MATTER WHAT !

On Tuesday, Johnson held a press conference at his church on Bardstown Road, where he denied the molestation allegations. According to court documents obtained by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, the alleged molestation took place on New Year’s Eve in 2012. The alleged victim, who was 17 at the time, told authorities that she was staying in a living area of the Heart of Fire City Church where Johnson was pastor, when Johnson, who had been drinking a lot, approached her, kissed her and fondled her under her clothes. . . .

Johnson was never criminally charged.

People will laugh at his suicide note because the atheist left thinks everyone is expendable in the pursuit of power and it’s pretty cornpone. You might, on the other hand, think that given his religious beliefs he was more likely to be telling the truth and is less likely to have molested some 17 year old at a church where he had been pastor.

None of this is about paedophilia. Paedophiles should be hunted down and prosecuted to the full extent of the law. What this is about is ruining people’s lives with malicious lies. I don’t know what the right word is to use about people who are not suspicious when such matters are raised for the very first time about a public figure who has been in public life for thirty years and just before an election, but sensible and shrewd do not come to mind. Innocent and naive, if not just straight out stupid, seem a much better fit.

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