Billionaire Curtis Johnson Charged with Sexual Assault in Racine County

SC Johnson heir, who lives in Caledonia, admitted to having inappropriate contact with a child, according to a criminal complaint.

Samuel Curtis Johnson III was formally charged today, March 24, with repeated sexual assault of a child. A judge released him on a $500,000 cash bond and Johnson was ordered to have no contact with the child or any other minor female child.

Johnson, who lives in Caledonia, is the billionaire son of the late Sam Johnson and is the former head of Sturtevant-based Diversey, Inc. Earlier this year, he took a leave of absence for "personal reasons." Since then, his sister, Helen Johnson-Leopold, has taken the reins of the company. His brother, Fisk Johnson, is head of SC Johnson.

In the criminal complaint, it is alleged that Johnson touched the victim on multiple occasions, exposed himself and asked the girl to have sex with him. The victim refused and also stated that she could not remember the age she was when the abuse began.

Portions of the complaint have been sealed until a hearing can take place on Friday, March 25. Court Commissioner John Bjelajac ordered Johnson to not leave the state and to surrender his passport.

The Journal Sentinel is also reporting a statement from Fisk Johnson.

Johnson could face up to 40 years in prison if convicted.

Last year, Forbes Magazine estimated Johnson's fortune at $2.1 billion, ranking him the 463rd richest person in the world.

Lisa Brennan March 25, 2011 at 12:02 AM
@ Heather ---like----
Heather in Caledonia March 25, 2011 at 02:34 AM
I noticed that this originally said that he admitted to it, but now it doesn't. It will be interesting to see if there is any actual evidence in this or is this girl mad at him and making it up? This could be either way, so I'm not jumping to conclusions yet.
Heather Rayne Geyer March 25, 2011 at 02:41 AM
"SC Johnson heir, who lives in Caledonia, admitted to having inappropriate contact with a child, according to a criminal complaint. " It says this right at the top of the page. I would be a limb that this is not a some kind of made up story. IMO when people say those things it makes it more and more difficult for kids to reach out and get help. So often kids are not believed or it is swept under a rug for various reasons. This often does far more damage - life long damage - than the abuse itself. I cannot tell you how difficult it is for a child to reveal this kind of trauma. And I say this as a person who always gives the accused the benefit of the doubt until the whole story is revealed. I have my own personal reasons for being careful of falling into that lynch mob mentality. And even with that, my logic, intuition and further information tells me that this man is guilty to the core.
mazi March 25, 2011 at 03:02 AM
is there a biological component to all this , its always the males , sometimes females, could it be testosterone or the devil ?
Heather in Caledonia March 25, 2011 at 03:26 AM
Heather, Sorry - I missed that section when they moved it from the headline to just under it. I thought they took it out altogether (with 2 kids and a busy house I have to scan things most of the time or I just don't get to read anything. :)) So it said in the complaint that he admitted it to the police? Wow. Wonder why the JT hasn't reported that bit of info. I'll have to go over and read their article again sometime to see if it missed it. What an awful thing to do to a young girl.
Heather in Caledonia March 25, 2011 at 03:28 AM
Maybe the author could verify where that information came from and how it was phrased. Was it an actual admission or was something heard by someone else? Seem to be a lot of Heathers around here. .. that's how you can tell that Caledonia is a great place to live. :)
Heather Rayne Geyer March 25, 2011 at 03:38 AM
Haha yes there are MANY of us...thus the movie I suppose :) I am sure none of us are like those girls tho!! I hear ya about scanning. I am lucky if I can watch a 30 minute show without major interruption. Thank god for DVRs!! I honestly believe that TJT has their own self serving reasons for keeping certain things out of their stories. This family is VERY powerful and influential. I dont want to say too much in a bashing way since I write for Patch and it would seem in bad taste. I am sure you can come to your own conclusions tho. I know you frequent the blogs there so you are probably aware that they always have a discussion linked to these stories. But not this one. Their loyalty is pretty obvious IMO.
Heather in Caledonia March 25, 2011 at 03:58 AM
Yes, I noticed that they initially had a discussion but it has been removed. It may be due to some people who tend to get on there and rant on and on about JWax, but I don't know. I have noticed their slant on many things over the years and have come to expect it when reading their "paper." Ha! We don't even have a DVR... still living in VCR-Land. My husband tried to watch a movie last weekend and was interrupted every 5 minutes with requests from kids, phone ringing, someone getting hurt, etc. I gave him a warm welcome to my world. :)
Denise Lockwood March 25, 2011 at 04:28 AM
Heathers, The criminal complaint indicates there was an admission. I can't go into detail further about it because even though I know how it came about, that part of the criminal complaint was sealed. Denise
Brian E Green March 25, 2011 at 07:09 AM
Heather, maybe you forgot .... mothers, female teachers, etc etc.... Most studies are now indicating that about 25% of all sexual assualts are by women. I know that you just overlooked such stats. Please rethink your last statement. I know you mean the best, but as a prior abuse investigator I have seen many cases of false allegations. Just because someone syas that it happened doesn't automatically deem it to be an accurate and honest statement or maybe you think that children and women don't lie. I don't mean to be caustic towards you but I am tired of hearing such statements with such disregard for the truth. Believe the allegation if it's true but get the facts first.
Brian E Green March 25, 2011 at 07:20 AM
It is our anti-male culture that appears to foster such nonsense about males always being the perp. As I stated earlier in a prior reply, we are seeing stats indicating that about 25% of sexual assaults are perpetrated by females. I would assume that it is higher than that. I believe that we have a skewed perspective regarding women which limits our ability to recognize that women also abuse people. Anyway, it is not testosterone of the devil. It is individuals that choose to abuse others; male and female perps who abuse male and female children.
tammy nickl March 25, 2011 at 11:50 AM
all i have to say is that he has not denied it yet and why would a 15 year old make this up if it;s been happening for years?
Heather Rayne Geyer March 25, 2011 at 01:03 PM
Brian - Not everyone I listed has to be Male. And I am privy to some further info. I HAVE been falsely accused of a horrid crime and I am the first person to urge people to know the story before judging. But what I know already is enough for me. Yes, women abuse too. But this is about THIS case. And honestly, of the TONS of people I know who have been abused sexually - all by men. I am NOT anti men. I dont even consider myself a feminist. I am going by my own personal knowledge.
Laurence Glavin March 25, 2011 at 05:01 PM
If he is tried and convicted, will he still have time to contribute to Scott Walker and other Republicans in Wisconsin who are running for re-election or to avoid a recall.
God March 25, 2011 at 10:51 PM
How does this turn into a republican thing? Want to throw dirt, how about the teacher in appleton busted for having sex with a student that the teachers and Union rallied support for? Yeah, real classy.
Frank March 25, 2011 at 11:06 PM
"But what I know already is enough for me." So, she has already closed her mind to any other evidence. Let it go to court and stop speculating.
paschn March 26, 2011 at 02:08 AM
I hope to hell the "justice" you all think is impending is more equal to the "justice" meted out to Convicted rapist Roman Polanski, (NEVER served a day of his 30 year sentence), and the former head of the B'nai B'rith in canada, Bill Surkis caught with 9 hours of child porn on his "hard" drive....If your well connected, your sentence is 45 days on weekends and no entry to ANY pedophile lists. I realize the child victims in this filth were all just "goy" but come one! FORTY FIVE DAYS ON WEEKENDS!!??
suzanne March 27, 2011 at 02:06 AM
Must be a family member otherwise he would have paid them off! Kudos to the mom, and how sad for the girl to have lived with this for so long !!!!
Greg March 27, 2011 at 04:32 PM
I wounder how many others were involved but didnt come forward because they were paid off.
paschn March 27, 2011 at 05:13 PM
When we turn our attention at evil little insects like this, we make it much easier for the moneid elite to lie us into invading and slaughtering yet ANOTHER country for Israel. Remember the USS Liberty! http://www.forbiddenknowledgetv.com/page/1324.html
racine girl March 27, 2011 at 08:41 PM
Let's see if his money will get him out of this one. Feel so bad for the young girl.
suzanne March 27, 2011 at 11:13 PM
I bet this wasnt the first time, just the first time he got busted, he was probally Gary Beckers bff!
suzanne March 27, 2011 at 11:14 PM
Ditto to be doing this for years prob. not a first time!
gayla brothen March 28, 2011 at 01:29 PM
The girl is the most important one on this. As a victim of this kind of nightmare I hope she gets help. This. Creates a lifetime of not trusting anyone and serious depression because you feel dirty and guilty like somehow it was somehow your fault. In my case I didn't have anyone to turn to being afraid of my mom and afraid from the perp threats caused suicide attempts. Make sure your children can talk to you right away when they feel uncomfortable of a person!
Peter Silver April 04, 2011 at 07:11 PM
God(Jesus)is the cure for a sinful lifestyle,weakness or just plain purposely. It is not easy the lifestyle God wants to give us. I have not seen you in a long time Curt but I have been helped a lot from God ,been changed a lot. Not easy Peter Silver peter.silver@charter.net .God will judge ,he knows are hearts.
joel April 05, 2011 at 12:44 PM
Idiot - it's well documented his family consistently gave to Doyle and the DNC.
ValiantX April 13, 2011 at 08:44 AM
Eh... Johnson is by far no superman just because he is rich; thus he is subsceptible to be devoided of higher morals and virtue. Creatures like him are everywhere, female and male alike, and definitely should be taken care of pychologically and not just merely placed in jail or fined; putting people in penitentaries does nothing good or positive for any society for it only neglects digress any further progress to find the root(s) of what can cause a person to act out in such a way, more over a continual practice of pedophilia. In this world of human collectivism and materialism, have no doubt similar incidents like this will only continue and probably increase if people do not return to the self or as the pyschologist Carl Jung coined, Individuation. May justice, not politricks, preside and rule out this case properly ASAP.
SD July 02, 2011 at 03:17 AM
My guess is C. Johnson did these awful acts and needs to be accountable. Whether this happens or not is an interesting conjecture. Many believe "money speaks" and he'll get off without much of a penalty like house arrest n Racine for 30 days and then "treatment". I can only wonder what the victims biological father must be thinking and how her mother missed it for years? The victim was failed by many adults in her life. What a shame. Hopefully justice will be served and she can heal over time.
gail thames July 02, 2011 at 05:30 AM
I agree, This girl was failed on so many levels. How did the mother miss this? One article said she was informed of abuse via text message by her daughter while she, the mother, was on vacation. The daughter was left alone with her stepfather, Curt. I hope that other adults have showed up for her with support and protection. It will take a long time for her to develop trust again in her young life. Let's hope for justice.
Cathie Aryn March 29, 2012 at 06:34 PM
To PASCHN you are a joke as your comments are so anti-Semitic. Religion has absolutely nothing to do with this story. What are the percentages of Jewish people who are sex offenders to any other religion? We are talking about this specific man who is not Jewish, yet you compare him to the head of Bnai Brith. Then you talk about countries that we kill for Israel. Your rants make no sense besides being very unfair. Did anyone bring up the dozens and dozens of priests that Are being convicted of sexual abuse? There are bad people in every religion and that is a fact. However, you just need any kind of platform to talk about your hatred of Jews and I would bet that you don't have one single, valid reason to hate Jewish people so much.


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