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State Supreme Court hears arguments in Curt Johnson case

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Brass Milled Gavel By walknboston (Flickr: Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Brass Milled Gavel By walknboston (Flickr: Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The Wisconsin Supreme Court heard arguments Monday on whether a Racine businessman can review the mental health records of a young woman he’s accused of molesting.

Curt Johnson, an heir to the Samuel Johnson family fortune, has pleaded innocent to have illegal sexual contact up to 20 times with the youngster from 2007 to 2010.

His attorney, Mark Richards, told the justices that he wants to find out if the teen ever told her therapists that she was sexually abused.

Richards contends that two therapists who met with the youngster never reported sex abuse to authorities, as required by law.

The woman in the case is now 18. She and her mother no longer live in Wisconsin, and they’ve been fighting Johnson’s request to obtain the victim’s mental health records.

The justices did not indicate when they might make a decision.

Johnson’s criminal case is on hold until then. He had retired from the chairman’s post at Diversey Incorporated, a cleaning products firm that was spun off from SC Johnson. 

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