Billionaire S.C. Johnson Heir Gets Four Months In Jail For Sexually Assaulting Stepdaughter

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Does this sound familiar? You might be thinking of this totally different child molesting corporate heir escaping the consequences of his actions.

A Wisconsin billionaire pled guilty to sexual assault of his stepdaughter, but was only sentenced to four months in jail on Friday. Samuel Curtis Johnson III, heir to the SC Johnson cleaning supplies empire, will have to serve at least 60 days of his sentence and pay a fine up to $6,000.

Originally, Johnson was charged with felony sexual assault of a child for repeatedly targeting his stepdaughter for three years. His stepdaughter initially told police Johnson was “a sex addict” and touched her inappropriately 15 to 20 times starting when she was 12 years old. She told her mother about the abuse in order to protect her younger sister, and Johnson confessed when the mother confronted him.

The felony charge carries up to 40 years in prison. However, the prosecutor said they had to downgrade the charges to a misdemeanor because the girl and her mother would not cooperate.

Johnson’s lawyers insisted the girl’s medical records be released to see if she had reported the abuse to her therapist, and a court held that the girl could not testify unless she released the records. The girl and her mother refused to release them, so the girl was barred from taking the stand. The case essentially fell apart without her as a witness, the prosecution said.

via Billionaire Heir Sentenced To Four Months In Jail For Sexually Assaulting His Stepdaughter | ThinkProgress.

10 Comments on "Billionaire S.C. Johnson Heir Gets Four Months In Jail For Sexually Assaulting Stepdaughter"

  1. emperorreagan | Jun 9, 2014 at 2:04 pm |

    Being a billionaire means you’re inherently a good, moral person who is doing the greatest good for the benefit of society. Really, they should have given him some more money and a medal.

    • Gjallarbru | Jun 9, 2014 at 2:40 pm |

      Being a billionaire means you have enough power to leave a judge thinking he should be careful, really careful.

    • Liam_McGonagle | Jun 9, 2014 at 2:48 pm |

      Couldn’t agree more. I know there are a lot of angry people out there with good intentions, but this story is sad enough as is. One person’s life has already been irredeemably shattered. Why create another victim by actually enforcing the law now?

    • Jin The Ninja | Jun 9, 2014 at 2:53 pm |


  2. Knowing our system its probably 4 months house arrest in his mansion or 4 months suspended sentance in exhange for probation.

  3. Anarchy Pony | Jun 9, 2014 at 5:15 pm |

    Needz moar torches and pitchforks.

    • No guillotine?

      • A really blunt one, perhaps. One that needs to be raised and dropped repeatedly, say 14 or 15 times before it finally gets through.

        With a reasonable gap between each drop too. Can’t rush these things.

  4. Ugh…justice for sale…again. And the people who cry loudest that this nation is broken…still think its because of the ‘liberal masses’ and has nothing to do with the corrupting power of wealth and privilege. *le sigh*

    • Liam_McGonagle | Jun 10, 2014 at 9:52 am |

      “One billionaire can do a lot more for society than any 200,000 proles. Billionaires are a precious resource that can’t be wasted. Your philosophy would have us lavish attention and energy on people that can’t do sh*t for themselves, much less anyone else, and punish the only people who could possibly make a difference.”

      You know they have an admirable consistency to their logic. Even if that stability is achieved at the cost of responsiveness to reality.

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