Dan Johnson's widow says she'll seek to replace him in Kentucky legislature

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According to the investigation, there are other allegations of sexual abuse, arson and making a false police report in 1987.

He died of a single gunshot wound after stopping his auto in a secluded part of Mount Washington, the coroner said.

But he was mostly out of the spotlight until Monday, when the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting published an account from a woman saying Johnson sexually assaulted her in the basement of his home in 2013.

In it, he denied the accusations that had tormented him and his family for the past 48 hours - that he, a Kentucky state representative and the self-proclaimed "Pope" of his Louisville church - had gotten drunk and molested a 17-year-old girl during a sleepover at the church years ago.

Bullitt County coroner David Billings told ABC News Wednesday night that Johnson was found with a single gunshot wound to the head at Greenwell Ford Road in Mount Washington, Kentucky. The investigation was reopened because of the story.

The wife of Danny Ray "Dan" Johnson, the Republican member of Kentucky's House of Representatives who killed himself Wednesday following molestation accusations, says she's campaigning to replace his seat in the state legislature.

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Rep. Wesley Morgan said the news came as a shock and with sadness, but his death may be hiding the truth in the recent sexual assault allegations.

An ominous Facebook post from a Kentucky lawmaker facing sexual assault allegations is part of what prompted his family to report him missing to a local sheriff's department. 9-11-2001 NYC/WTC, PTSD 24/7 16 years is a sickness that will take my life, I can not handle it any longer.

"It has won this life, BUT HEAVEN IS MY HOME." he wrote, according to records of the post, which appears to have been removed.

Michael Skoler, the president of Louisville Public Media - which operates the Center - said in a statement that the organization was "deeply sad" to hear about Johnson's death and was grieving "for his family, friends, church community and constituents". "I'm very sorrowful that she's in this dark place in her life". Our aim, as always, is to provide the public with fact-based, unbiased reporting and hold public officials accountable for their actions. "Kelley and I pray for his loved ones". "He declined requests to talk about our findings".

"These are heavy days in Frankfort and in America", Bevin said in the post.

The state's governor, Matt Bevin, confirmed Johnson's death, but not how he died, earlier in the evening in a tweet. "May God indeed shed his grace on us all".

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