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Judge Revises Curt Johnson's Bond; Allows Travel for Treatment

Judge Eugene Gasiorkiewicz is allowing the billionaire to travel domestically for treatment to Arizona, for business and to see his wife in North Carolina.

Billionaire Curt Johnson will be allowed to travel within the United States, for purposes of treatment, business or to see his wife, Traci, in North Carolina.

Judge Eugene Gasiorkiewicz made the ruling at Johnson's bond hearing on Aug. 22.

Defense attorneys Richard Hall and Michael Hart presented a letter from a Dr. Earl from a treatment facility in Arizona. They requested the court modify Johnson's bond so he can attend a weekend workshop.

Johnson was charged with first degree repeated sexual assault of the same child on March 24. He was released on a $500,000 cash bond with the conditions that he relinquish his passport and not leave the state.

Racine County District Attorney Michael Nieskes objected to the modification because he said during the course of treatment, Johnson may make mention of certain things that may or may not have occurred, putting the issue of confidentiality versus the ability to investigate in question.

"We question whethere there is any real value in a weekend workshop session, your honor," Nieskes added.

But Gasiorkiewicz said that Johnson's family and Johnson himself are known to the court and as American citizens enjoy the right to travel.

"So I will allow the conditon of Mr. Johnson's bond," he said. Further, the conditions are altered not just for this one request, but for the duration of Johnson's bond.

Traveling to Arizona for treatment, to unnamed locations for business or to North Carolina to see his wife are the new conditions on Johnson's bond. But Gasiorkiewicz also said that Johnson needs to be monitored by Zimmerman Consulting (ZCI), a court contractor.

In answer to Nieskes asking if Johnson will be required to have a GPS, the judge said no and that any additional costs for investigation are the burden of the state.

Johnson is one of the heirs to the SC Johnson family fortune. He stepped down as head of Sturtevant-based Diversey, Inc. in February citing "personal reasons." His sister, Helen Johnson-Leopold, took over as head of that company.

The next court date for the Johnson case in when motions are heard on Sept. 23.

Sue mitchell August 23, 2011 at 01:25 PM
Oh, goodie! He gets to leave the state to seek out more children to harm.
john August 23, 2011 at 03:31 PM
Another example of how unfair our system is. If you have $$ or if you don't. I am sure anyone else would still be in jail waiting for trail or already convicted. Great job judge I am sure you will be rewarded for your help to the Johnsons
Mary Baker August 23, 2011 at 04:32 PM
Just one more perk the wealthy get. He is a threat! I can already see where this judge is headed in this case
Mary Baker August 23, 2011 at 09:39 PM
So if you give gobs of money to the community it's okay to molest children?! ? What does one have to do with the other?
Amy August 23, 2011 at 09:48 PM
Trisha you sound like an idiot!!! It is totally irrelevant what the Johnson's have done for Racine. In reality they can thank their father. The bottom line is he sexually molested an underage girl. If this was any other male you would want him to face charges and the consequences for his behavior. I hope nothing but the best for the young girl, but it is very unfortunate a judge would give permission for him to come and go and travel the state as if he did nothing wrong. One last thing please talk with some class and not like a teenager, I mean really who uses the word "haters". When you speak like that it's hard to take you serious!
Heather Rayne Geyer August 24, 2011 at 01:42 AM
Oh PLEASE. We all judge every single day and don't for one second try to pass yourself off as above that. There is NO WAY that Joe Schmo would get these same considerations by the court. It repulses me quite honestly. And yes - I most certainly WILL judge a confessed child molestor!!
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Tom August 24, 2011 at 12:51 PM
He should have been required to post $1billion cash bond.
Willam Wright August 24, 2011 at 01:27 PM
Trisha is drinking the Kool-aid...too close to the family money. History is what should be investigated...secrets.

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