Case in Review: Curt Johnson Charged with Child Sex Assault
The case against the billionaire and heir to the Sam Johnson fortune and business legacy is headed to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
What: Curt Johnson is accused of inappropriately touching a girl, exposing himself and asking her to have sex with him. The girl reportedly told investigators she did not remember how old she was when the activity started. Shortly before the charges were filed Johnson took a leave of absence from Diversey, Inc., the company he ran.
Charges: Johnson was charged with repeated sexual assault of a child in March. He posted $500,000 cash to be released from jail. If convicted, Johnson faces up to 40 years imprisonment, which includes time in prison or on extended supervision.
Recent activity: The case has been on hold locally while the parties work through several appeals. The issue surfaced when Circuit Court Judge Gene Gasiorkiewicz ruled that the victim would not be barred from testifying if she did not release her medical records. This decision was appealed, and the appellate court ruled that as long as she withholds the records, she would not have to testify. So that decision was taken to the Wisconsin Supreme Court last spring, in an appeal filed by the Wisconsin Attorney General's office. The Supreme Court agreed in November to hear the case.
What's next: The case is due for oral arguments before the Wisconsin Supreme Court on Feb. 25. The court is expected to offer a ruling on the issue of the victim providing or withholding her medical records, and what that does to her ability to testify.