Just a few weeks after local billionaire Curt Johnson in 2014 plead guilty to 4th degree sexual assault and disorderly conduct, another girl filed a civil suit against him because she said he molested her. The case never went to trial, though, because Johnson reached an unknown settlement with the girl.
Online court records indicate the girl filed the suit in Racine County Circuit Court on July 15, 2014, and the case was scheduled to go to trial. But, in September 2015, the jury trial was removed from the court’s schedule because discovery had yet to be completed.
Discovery is a legal step during which the plaintiff shares its information with the defendant.
Then, on Oct. 8, 2015, a note in the court records lists a settlement, and a final note on March 14, 2016 dismisses the case because there is a settlement. There is no indication of what the settlement entails.
According to documents obtained by The Journal Times, the girl accused Johnson of molesting her multiple times between 2007 and 2009 when she was 12 and 13 years old while she was on vacation with the Johnson family and at his home while she was visiting one of his stepdaughters.
In her lawsuit, the girl said she suffered mental and emotional distress as a result of the abuse, the story continues.
“(He) would come in and fondle them while they were sleeping. Her and (the stepdaughter),” the girl’s attorney, Stephen Estey told the newspaper in September 2014.
Johnson attorney Mark Richards at the time denied that Johnson abused the girl and said her accusations had already been dismissed by the Racine County District Attorney’s office, the story continues.
Johnson was charged in March 2011 with one felony count of repeated sexual assault of the same child. According to the criminal complaint against him, Johnson was at an Arizona treatment center in 2011 when he admitted to his therapist that he had touched one of his step-daughters inappropriately on several occasions.
He eventually plead guilty to one count each of 4th degree sexual assault and disorderly conduct – both misdemeanors – and served four months in the Kenosha County Jail.