Racine Billionaire Due in Court on Assault Charge

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

RACINE, Wis. (AP) -- A Racine billionaire accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl for several years might have his felony charge downgraded to a misdemeanor.

Samuel Curtis Johnson III, who goes by Curt, is due in court Friday for a plea and sentencing hearing.

He's charged with repeated sexual assault of a child. The felony carries a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison.

But prosecutors say the victim refuses to cooperate, and Johnson's counseling records aren't being made available. So prosecutors say their only viable chance for conviction is for fourth-degree sexual assault. That's a misdemeanor charge with a maximum jail sentence of nine months.

The 49-year-old Johnson is the former chairman of Diversey Inc., a Wisconsin-based cleaning-products company owned by the same parent company as SC Johnson.

Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Questions may be sent to comments@wsaw.com.
Please provide detailed information.
All comments must adhere to the WSAW.com discussion rules.

powered by Disqus
WSAW-TV 1114 Grand Ave. Wausau, WI 54403
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 262140121 - wsaw.com/a?a=262140121
Gray Television, Inc.