Johnson, heir to the SC Johnson & Son fortune, also pleaded guilty
in Racine County Circuit Court to disorderly conduct in the case
involving the girl.
Johnson, 59, was charged in 2011 with felony sexual assault but
prosecutors had to seek lesser charges because they were unable to
get cooperation or necessary records from the victim, Racine County
District Attorney Rich Chiapete said on Friday.
Johnson faced up to 40 years in prison on the initial felony charges
that alleged multiple incidents from 2007 to 2010, starting when the
victim was 12 years old.
"I'd like to deeply apologize to my stepdaughter and my wife ... for
the tremendous hurt that I have caused," Johnson said during his
sentencing on Friday, a video of which was posted on the Racine
Journal Times newspaper website.
Johnson will have to serve at least 60 days in jail of the
four-month sentence and pay a fine of up to $6,000, according to the
SC Johnson is a privately held Racine, Wisconsin-based maker of
household cleaning and other products. Johnson had been chairman of
Diversey Inc., a Wisconsin cleaning product company also controlled
by the Johnson family, but took a leave of absence in early 2011,
Diversey said in a statement at the time.
(Reporting by Kevin Murphy in Kansas City; Editing by Paul Tait)
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