Kentucky state Congressman Dan Johnson (R) on Tuesday denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a 17-year-old girl.
The young woman, Maranda Richmond, told Louisiana Public Media that when Johnson was her preacher years ago, he sexually assaulted after she went to sleep at a New Year’s party.
On Tuesday, the publication detailed Richmond’s encounter with Johnson that night:
That night, she woke after settling in on the sofa. She was groggy, unfocused. But she saw Johnson kneeling above her. He gave her a kiss on the head. She thought it fatherly, nothing out of the ordinary, simply one last goodnight gesture.
Then he started to stroke her arm. He slid his hands up, under her shirt and bra, and groped her. He stuck his tongue in her mouth. Then, he forced his hands down her pants, underneath her underwear, and penetrated her with his finger.
She begged her pastor to stop and tried to force him off, quietly. She remembers not wanting to awaken Sarah. But Johnson was a big man, roughly twice her weight.
He told her she’d like it. She said no, she didn’t. She pleaded with him: go away, go away.
The Kentucky Republican held a press conference in the pulpit of Heart of Fire Church on Tuesday to counter Richmond’s accusations.
Johnson began the event by singing a Christian hymn about baby Jesus.
“O come, all ye faithful / Joyful and triumphant / O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem,” they sang. “Come and behold Him / Born the King of Angels!”
He then attacked his victim.
“There’s no perfect people,” Johnson said. “This allegation concerning this lady, this young girl, absolutely has no merit”
“I don’t want to blast this girl, I have compassion for her,” the lawmaker insisted.
Johnson connected his case to the sexual misconduct allegations against Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore and President Donald Trump.
“It is the season. Last election it seemed to be racism. This election it seems to be sexual impropriety,” Johnson complained. “People want to go back over my whole entire life.”
The lawmaker added: “There’s no reason I would resign”
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