Official urges expulsion of lawmaker accused of assault

Official urges expulsion of lawmaker accused of assault

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky's Democratic attorney general says the state House of Representatives should take steps to expel a Republican lawmaker accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl in 2013.

The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting reported this week that a woman had accused Dan Johnson of assaulting her in 2013 when she was 17. Police closed the case without filing charges.

Johnson has denied the allegation.

Attorney General Andy Beshear said Wednesday that Johnson is not qualified to be a legislator. He cited the assault allegation, plus Johnson's Facebook posts last year that compared President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama to monkeys.

Beshear hasn't called for the resignation of four Republican lawmakers who secretly settled a sexual-harassment claim. He said they should divulge everything that happened, which might require them to resign.

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