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Wis. billionaire pleads not guilty to sex assault

Curt Johnson arrives at court to waive his right to a preliminary hearing in Racine County Circuit Court in Racine on Wednesday. Johnson, the former chairman of Diversey, is charged with repeated sexual assault of a minor. He entered a plea of not guilty. (AP Photo/Journal Times, Mark Hertzberg)

Curt Johnson arrives at court to waive his right to a preliminary hearing in Racine County Circuit Court in Racine on Wednesday. Johnson, the former chairman of Diversey, is charged with repeated sexual assault of a minor. He entered a plea of not guilty. (AP Photo/Journal Times, Mark Hertzberg)

RACINE, Wis. (AP) — A billionaire executive whose family has run SC Johnson for five generations has entered a not guilty plea in a Racine court to charges that he repeatedly sexually assaulted a girl he knew.

Until recently, 55-year-old Curt Johnson ran Diversey, one of the Johnson family companies. He resigned from his job as chairman about a month before the criminal case against him was filed.

The Journal Times of Racine reports Johnson entered his not guilty plea Wednesday.

Johnson was charged March 23 for allegedly abusing the girl over several years. She’s now 15 but was between sixth and seventh grade when it allegedly happened.

Johnson paid $500,000 to bail out of jail while the case is prosecuted.

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

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