‘Gene’ Johnson, widow of the late Sam Johnson, dies
Billionaire Child Sex Offender Curt Johnson Out Of Jail After Three Months
When S.C. Johnson scion Curt Johnson was first charged with repeatedly sexually assaulting his young stepdaughter back in 2011, it looked like he might spend 40 years behind bars.
Three years and a lengthy court case later, the 59-year-old heir to “the family company,” as the cleaning product empire is known, is out of jail after just three months.
As the Racine Journal Times in S.C. Johnson’s company town of Racine, Wisc. first reported, Johnson was released on Sunday. He served three months of his four month sentence, which was reduced thanks to time served.
The convicted child molester, worth $2.7 billion, also paid a $6,000 fine as part of his punishment for two misdemeanor charges of fourth-degree sexual assault and disorderly conduct. He pleaded guilty to both back in June.
Both charges were drastically amended; Johnson was initially charged with repeated sexual assault of a child, which is a felony.
Had the case made it to trial, there was a mounting feeling among residents of the Johnson family’s hometown of Racine that the one-time head of a former Johnson family controlled company would walk.
The billionaire was accused of molesting his teen stepdaughter for three years, when she was between the ages of 12 and 15.
He is said to have implicated himself in these crimes by confessing to his therapist in Arizona. That treatment center refused to turn over their records, further hampering the prosecution’s efforts.
Billionaire Curt Johnson Sued For Sexual Abuse By Stepdaughter’s Friend
S.C. Johnson heir Curt Johnson is back in legal hot water just two weeks after being released from jail.
The billionaire cleaning products scion spent three months behind bars after pleading guilty to sexually abusing his stepdaughter when she was between the ages of 12 and 15.
He was freed in mid-September, moving back into his mother’s luxury home in his billionaire family’s company town of Racine, Wisc.
Now, a childhood friend of the girl has filed a civil suit against Johnson, claiming the mogul molested her between March 2007 and July 2009. She was underage on all these occasions.
The plaintiff, named in the complaint as ‘A.M.B.’ to protect her identity and privacy, alleges Johnson sexually abused her while she was on vacation with the Johnson family in Mexico and the Bahamas. She claims he also assaulted her at his family home in Racine while she shared a bed with his stepdaughter.
The girl has undergone “psychological and mental health treatment and counseling” in the intervening years, according to the lawsuit filed with the State of Wisconsin Circuit Court.
She seeks unspecified “compensatory and punitive damages,” according to the legal paperwork.
The stepdaughter’s friend is represented by Estey & Bomberger LLP, a firm that bills itself as an expert in representing the victims of child molestation.
Profligate Son: A Billionaire Scion’s Sex Crime Allegations Rock A Company Town
Drive into Racine, Wis. from the north and the first thing you notice are the cheap strip malls and dilapidated houses. Between fast-food joints, Cigarette City sells discounted Marlboros. Almost every storefront on State Street is boarded up. Kids on push bikes hustle passersby for coins outside a Walgreens.
But get farther downtown and everything changes. The name Johnson pops up everywhere—on signposts, street corners and the shiny Johnson Building on Main Street, which houses the Johnson Financial Group, Johnson Bank and sports retailer Johnson Outdoors.
Adjacent is Sam Johnson Parkway, leading to a Johnson-funded public square overlooking Lake Michigan’s pristine shoreline. Next door is the Johnson-endowed Racine Museum of Art, a translucent white cube a mile from the drooping clapboard of the city’s outskirts. This is the heart of Racine, and the Johnson family paid for much of it. By FORBES’ reckoning, matriarch Imogene Powers Johnson and her children, Samuel Curtis “Curt” Johnson III, Helen Johnson-Leipold, H. Fisk Johnson and Winnie Johnson-Marquart, are worth a combined $11.5 billion.
But, like every company town, Johnsonville (as Racine is sometimes called) has its dark alleys.
In February, without warning, eldest son Curt Johnson resigned as chairman of Johnson-owned Diversey, an industrial-cleaning firm doing $3 billion in annual sales. In March the 56-year-old was charged with “repeated sexual assault of a child” over a three-year period, involving a young girl he’d known well since she was a small child. If convicted, he faces up to 40 years in prison. Curt pleaded not guilty in April. Racine is holding its collective breath for the trial to begin, probably some time next year. Much stir though the scandal has caused, few Racinians are willing to talk openly about it. Lurid fascination is tempered by fear of who might be listening in.
The criminal complaint against Curt Johnson makes for a distressing read. Between 2007 and 2010 he is alleged to have molested the same young girl up to 20 times. She was 12, between the sixth and seventh grades, when it started, she told a forensic interviewer at the Racine Child Advocacy Center. The complaint veers toward the graphic, but its printable portions describe Curt as having a “touching problem” and a “sex addiction.” The child is quoted as alleging that Curt “molested” her and that “she finally told her mother about what was happening to her because she wanted to protect her younger sisters.”
Caledonia, Wisconsin resident Curt Johnson, 61, is now officially divorced from his wife, Tracie Stier-Johnson, 47. The development took place in late October in Racine County Court. The heir of the Johnson family has recently made national headlines for various sexual crime convictions.
The pair filed their divorce petition jointly on April 20, 2016, on grounds that the marriage was “irretrievably broken.” It was a second marriage for both Johnson, son of Racine-based manufacturer S. C. Johnson & Son owner, and Stier-Johnson, who tied the knot on May 5, 2001. Division of property and other assets is impending, but the couple allegedly had a prenuptial agreement.