A Republican lawmaker in Kentucky is facing allegations that he sexually assaulted a woman when she was a teenager. Rep. Dan Johnson previously made headlines when it came to light that he made social media posts comparing President Barack Obama and his wife to monkeys.
The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting quotes Maranda Richmond as saying that Johnson assaulted her in the basement of his house in the early morning hours of Jan. 1, 2013.
Police records obtained by the news organization show Richmond told them about the assault in 2013. But investigators closed the case and did not file charges. Johnson was elected to the state legislature in 2016. Neither Johnson nor police department officials returned calls from The Associated Press.
Police documents show that Richmond's case was closed because the “victim refuses to cooperate,” but she insists that is untrue.
“I never once did not want to continue on,” she said.
"I don't want to blast this girl. I have compassion for her and I am very sorry that she's in this dark place in her life," he said. Johnson also said he would not resign and that he plans to continue his bid for reelection.