On Friday, Wisconsin billionaire Samuel “Curt” Johnson III received a four-month jail sentence and a $6,000 fine for repeatedly sexually assaulting a teenage girl, according to the Associated Press.
The 59-nine-year old heir to home-products giant SC Johnson was convicted of misdemeanor fourth-degree sexual assault and disorderly conduct after prosecutors were unable to charge him with a felony after the mother and daughter refused to cooperate.
“I would have liked a chance to present the felony case to a jury,” says Assistant District Attorney Robert Repischak. “But given the state of the case, with little if any evidence, I did what I was able to do.”
Authorities only became aware of the allegations after Johnson made an undisclosed comment during a counseling session at a Scottsdale, Ariz., clinic, which triggered a mandatory report.
The girl did initially speak with Racine County investigators, telling them Johnson started exposing himself to her, fondling her, and kissing her breasts the summer after she finished sixth grade. The mother also confronted Johnson, who eventually apologized. But neither mother or daughter pursued a case against Johnson.
Requests to access Johnson’s counseling reports and the girl’s medical records were denied.
This case sounds awfully familiar to the du Pont heir who was guilty of raping his three-year-old daughter but only received probation because the judge felt he wouldn’t “fare well in prison.” That mother didn’t formally press charges, either, because her then-husband said “it was an accident and he would never do it again.
I guess when your bank account has at least two commas and six zeroes, you can buy your way out of prison, even when innocent children are involved.