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Mar252011

SC Johnson Heir Accused of Molesting Teenage Stepdaughter

File Photo. Polka Dot/Thinkstock(RACINE, Wisc.) -- The billionaire scion of the SC Johnson fortune, a firm that calls itself the "family company," is accused of sexually molesting his 15-year-old stepdaughter for years.

Samuel Curtis Johnson III, whose family has owned the cleansers manufacturer for five generations, is indicted on charges of repeated sexual assaults on a child, according to prosecutors in Racine, Wisc.
The charge carries a maximum prison term of 40 years and a $100,000 penalty.

Johnson, 55, did not enter a plea during a court appearance Thursday, but immediately paid a $500,000 bond. He was released, forced to surrender his passport and banned from leaving the state or being in proximity to the girl.

"The complaint alleges that Johnson had inappropriate sexual contact with his now 15-year-old stepdaughter," Assistant District Attorney Robert Repishak told ABC News.com.

Johnson is accused of molesting the girl 15 to 20 times, beginning the summer between sixth and seventh grade, Repishak said.

The girl describes her stepfather as "very sexual" telling police he was a "sex addict" and had a "touching problem," according to court documents.

Johnson resigned in February as CEO of Diversey Inc., a cleaning products company spun off from family-owned SC Johnson in the 1990s.

Johnson's brother is the CEO of SC Johnson, which manufactures household cleaning products like Fantastik, Windex and Draino.

Johnson is estimated to be worth $2.2 billion and is ranked 595 on the Forbe's Billionaires List.

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