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Supreme Court Hears Johnson Child Sex Assault Case

The child sex assault case against Curt Johnson can't move forward until the justices issue a decision on an appeal in the matter.

Wisconsin Supreme Court justices heard arguments this week on the ongoing question about whether the alleged victim in the Curt Johnson child sex asault case has to release her medical records and if she will testify in the case.

Attorneys on both sides of the Johnson case laid out their cases before the high court on Monday. The Racine County case is on hold, pending the justices' decision on the appeal.

Johnson was charged in March 2011 with repeated sexual assault of the same child after a therapist in Arizona reported that Johnson said in therapy sessions that he inappropriately touched his stepdaughter.

As issue is whether the . Racine County Circuirt Court Judge Eugene Gasiorkiewicz ruled the victim can withhold her records, but she can also testify.

The state wants the victim's records released to the judge for his review while the defense wants the medical records released and to have her barred from testifying if she doesn't turn over her medical records.

A ruling by the 2nd District Court of Appeals in April said the victim is entitled to withhold her records, but if she does, she won't be allowed to testify. The state appealed to the high court for review of the decision.

Defense attorneys want the medical records because they don't think the alleged victim ever told therapists of the abuse, according to an article in The Journal Times, casting doubt on whether it really took place.

The state, on the other hand, pointed out this case was triggered by Johnson's supposed admission in Arizona.

The story in The Journal Times says that the justices did not give a timetable for when they will issue a decision.

Michelle February 27, 2013 at 12:52 PM
A lot of abuse victims don't tell anyone. What will that prove?
Sandy February 27, 2013 at 02:43 PM
I thought there was a confidentiality agreement with therapists and they could not divulge any information from their sessions. Youre right Michelle, the majority don't tell anyone.
Mary Baker February 27, 2013 at 03:28 PM
There is collusion in this case with the victim and her mother. They know if she doesn't release her medical records she does not need to testify. Therefore, no case. The mother still wants to remain married to the molester.
Michelle February 27, 2013 at 04:33 PM
Are you serious Mary? They are not getting divorced after he admitted to molesting her dsughter? That's really sad.....
Heather Asiyanbi (Editor) February 27, 2013 at 06:38 PM
@Sandy - if Johnson did admit to a therapist to abusing his stepdaughter, they are a mandatory report, much like teachers are here.
Lexi Noble February 27, 2013 at 08:44 PM
I don't think she divorced him, they bought and moved to a 3.4 million home in North Carolina...What Curt Johnson did was disgusting, but what this girls' mother has "swept under the rug" is even more disgusting... Sad what money buys, huh?
Michelle February 27, 2013 at 09:11 PM
I wouldn't want a penny of that money! What a sad and twisted saga. Money over morals....
jeff jandl February 28, 2013 at 11:01 PM
the american justis system, no billionaire is going to jail

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