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Billionaire Curt Johnson – seen here in a file photo – will face two misdemeanor charges instead of felony child sex assault when he enters a plea and receives a sentence during a hearing Friday.

Update 6 p.m. June 6: Curt Johnson was sentenced to four months in jail and is required to pay a $6,000 fine after pleading guilty to 4th degree sexual assault and disorderly conduct. Both charges are misdemeanors.

Online court records indicate prosecutors pushed for a total of a year in jail; nine months for the sex assault charge and 90 days for the disorderly conduct charge.

Racine County Circuit Court Judge Eugene Gasiorkiewicz, though, gave Johnson the four month sentence and a $5,000 fine for the more serious charge and 30 days to run concurrently and $1,000 fine for the lesser charge.

Johnson is to report to the Racine County Jail on June 14 and will be eligible for work release and therapy after 60 days. He will not be required to register as a sex offender.

UPDATE: Curtis Johnson is expected to be in court today for a hearing in front of Judge Gasiorkiewicz at 1 p.m. today for the child sex assault case. Racine County District Attorney Rich Chiapete noted that there were issues in prosecuting the case, which he outlined in a court document that amended the charges.

Click on the link to see the document: S C Johnson 11CF376

Original story: Local billionaire Curt Johnson will not face felony child sex assault charges and possible jail time. Instead, he is ready to accept a misdemeanor plea deal.

Johnson, an heir to the SC Johnson fortune, was charged in March 2011 with first degree repeat sexual assault of the same child for allegedly touching his step-daughter inappropriately a number of times over a period of about three years, beginning when she was 12.

He entered a “not guilty” plea in April 2011, and the case against him has been slowly winding its way through the courts ever since with a series of roadblocks hindering the state. Assistant District Attorney Robert Repischak in court documents obtained by The Journal Times is now pursuing fourth-degree sexual assault and disorderly conduct charges because he has little chance of succeeding with his felony case.

In the brief filed with the court, Repischak outlines how the lack of cooperation from both the girl, her mother, the girl’s biological father, and the Arizona clinic where Johnson allegedly admitted to touching the girl has stymied the case. A decision from the state Supreme Court saying the teen could withhold her medical records but could not testify certainly didn’t help matters, the story reads.

“Any hope of successfully prosecuting the defendant on the felony charge is virtually nonexistent,” Repischak is quoted as writing.

Johnson’s felony trial was scheduled for July, but he will instead enter a plea and receive a sentence Friday during a hearing before Racine County Circuit Court Judge Eugene Gasiorkiewicz.



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