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Former Wis. mayor accused of violating probation

  • Associated Press
  • January 18, 2014 - 4:30 PM

RACINE, Wis. — Former Racine Mayor Gary Becker has been arrested for an alleged probation violation.

Becker was released from prison Feb. 26 after serving a three-year sentence for second-degree sexual assault of a child and child enticement. Becker also completed sex offender treatment and is on extended supervision for five years. He cannot have contact with minors.

Jail records indicate the 56-year-old was booked into the Racine County Jail on Friday for "treatment violations," according to The Journal Times (http://bit.ly/1azdV33 ). He was still there Saturday afternoon.

Wisconsin Department of Corrections spokeswoman Joy Staab told the newspaper Friday that said she was checking into the reason for Becker's arrest.

However, she said "most likely we're not going to be able to comment more. You start getting into medical (treatment) and start getting into HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act). We're not allowed to violate HIPAA when it says 'treatment.'"

Staab did not immediately return an email to The Associated Press seeking an update Saturday.

Becker was mayor from April 2003 until January 2009, when police say they caught him in an online sex sting with an undercover agent. He thought he was going to a Milwaukee area mall to meet a 14-year-old girl.

After his arrest, additional information came out in court about a history of illicit sexual activity, including having affairs and hiring prostitutes.

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