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National Briefing | Midwest

Wisconsin: Racine Mayor Is Arrested

Published: January 15, 2009

Mayor Gary Becker of Racine was arrested Tuesday on tentative charges of attempted second-degree sexual assault of a child, child enticement and possession of child pornography, state officials said. Mr. Becker, left, was also accused of exposing a child to harmful materials, using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime and misconduct in public office, according to a news release by the State Department of Justice. Mr. Becker, 51, was freed Wednesday evening on a $165,000 cash bond. The Racine police received a tip two weeks ago about possible criminal activity involving Mr. Becker, Lt. James Dobbs said. Racine is Wisconsin’s fifth-largest city, with about 80,000 residents. It is on Lake Michigan, about 30 miles south of Milwaukee. (AP)