Affluenza Strikes Again: Billionaire Johnson Heir Gets Sweet Deal After Confessing to Sexual Assault

When it comes to justice in America, it pays to be a billionaire. In the latest case of affluenza, a condition that has struck not just rich people who commit crimes without remorse, but also the justice system which seems blinded to their guilt, a Johnson heir received a slap on the wrist despite confessing to sexual assault.


Back in 2011, the stepdaughter of Samuel Curtis Johnson III told police that Johnson was ‘a sex addict‘ and that he had been repeatedly touching her inappropriately from the time she was 12 years old. Think Progress reported that the victim "told her mother about the abuse in order to protect her younger sister, and Johnson confessed when the mother confronted him.”

Of course, the heir's massive well-funded legal team swung into action, and according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Johnson plead guilty to misdemeanor charges of fourth-degree sexual assault and disorderly conduct rather than the felony sexual assault on a minor child charges he originally faced in 2011.

The prosecution was hampered by the fact that neither the victim nor her mother was willing to testify. But still hoping to get the serial molester behind bars for a year, Assistant District Attorney Robert Repischak asked the judge to apply the maximum sentence for the hugely reduced charges, while. Johnson’s attorney, Michael F. Hart vehemently argued that maximum prison terms should only be for “maximum defendants,” whatever that means. Hart said that Johnson leads a "productive life" and had never been in trouble with the law before.
Surprise, surprise, the judge agreed with the defense. Milwaukee’s Channel 4 News reported that Circuit Judge Eugene Gasiorkiewicz got downnright cozy with the defendant, talking about the Johnson family's importance to the community and saying “you could not grow up in this community and not know some of the people involved in this case.”
Judge Gasiorkiewicz also opined that he found the state’s request “troubling” in that he has never seen a first-time offender receive the maximum sentence for his crimes.
He sentenced Johnson to four months in jail and a fine of $6,000. Hmmm. That's going to really take a bite out of those billions.
Felony charges of the sort Johnson faced have resulted in a prison sentences of up to 40 years. 
#story_page_post_article

Understand the importance of honest news ?

So do we.

The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.

We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.

We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in allowing our newsroom to bring you the stories that matter, at a time when being informed is more important than ever. Invest with us.

Make a one-time contribution to Alternet All Access, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.

Click to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card
Donate by Paypal
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}