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Wisconsin billionaire pleads guilty to sexual assault of teenage girl, gets 4 months in jail

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RACINE, Wis. - A Wisconsin billionaire has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanour charge of having sexual contact with a teenage girl.

Fifty-nine-year-old Samuel "Curt" Johnson III of Racine was originally charged with a felony count of child sexual assault. But prosecutors sought to downgrade the charge after they say the victim and her mother refused to co-operate.

Before sentencing Friday, Johnson apologized to the victim and her mother for "the tremendous hurt I have caused."

Judge Eugene Gasiorkiewicz allowed the downgrade of charges. Then he sentenced Johnson to four months in jail, short of the one-year maximum. Johnson was also fined $6,000.

Johnson's family has run home-products giant SC Johnson for five generations. Johnson worked for the company decades ago but has had no formal relationship with the company in years.

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