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Wis. billionaire charged with child sex assault

Curt Johnson (right), the former chairman of Diversey, Inc., consults with defense attorney Michael Hart as he is charged in Racine County Circuit Court Thursday in Racine with one count of repeated sexual assault of a child. (AP Photo/Journal Times, Mark Hertzberg)

Curtis Johnson (right), the former chairman of Diversey, Inc., consults with defense attorney Michael Hart as he is charged in Racine County Circuit Court Thursday in Racine with one count of repeated sexual assault of a child. (AP Photo/Journal Times, Mark Hertzberg)

RACINE, Wis. (AP) — Billionaire businessman Curtis Johnson has been charged in Wisconsin with having repeated sexual contact with a now 15-year-old girl over several years.

The 55-year-old was charged Thursday with sexual assault of a child. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison.

Johnson is the former chairman of Sturtevant-based Diversey Inc., a cleaning-products company that was spun off from SC Johnson in the late 1990s. A Diversey spokesman said Johnson has retired and has no ongoing role with the company.

Messages for Johnson’s two lawyers were not immediately returned Thursday.

According to the criminal complaint, Johnson had inappropriate sexual contact with the girl 15 to 20 times. The girl told investigators Johnson wanted to have sex with her but she refused.

The Journal Times of Racine says Johnson’s cash bail was set at $500,000.

Information from: The Journal Times, http://www.journaltimes.com

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