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Felony sexual assault charge could be downgraded for Racine billionaire

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RACINE (WKOW) -- A Racine billionaire accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl for several years might have his felony charge downgraded to a misdemeanor.

Samuel Curtis Johnson III, who goes by Curt, is due in court Friday for a plea and sentencing hearing. He's charged with repeated sexual assault of a child. The felony carries a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison.

Prosecutors say the victim refuses to cooperate, and Johnson's counseling records aren't being made available. So prosecutors say their only viable chance for conviction is for fourth-degree sexual assault. That's a misdemeanor charge with a maximum jail sentence of nine months.

The 49-year-old Johnson is the former chairman of Diversey Inc. The Wisconsin-based cleaning-products company was spun off from SC Johnson, whose products include Windex and Ziploc.

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