Becker arrested on alleged probation violation

2014-01-17T16:08:00Z 2014-01-28T17:22:28Z Becker arrested on alleged probation violationMARK SCHAAF Journal Times

RACINE — Former Racine Mayor Gary Becker was arrested Friday on suspicion of an unspecified probation violation.

Becker, 56, was booked into the Racine County Jail at 2 p.m. for “treatment violations,” according to jail records. Wisconsin Department of Corrections spokeswoman Joy Staab 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.’”

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 completed sex offender treatment while imprisoned in the Oshkosh Correctional Institution.

On Jan. 13, 2009, Becker was caught in an online sex sting with an undercover agent. He thought he was going to Brookfield Square Mall to meet a 14-year-old girl, but instead was met by a state agent.

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

Becker was the mayor of Racine from April 15, 2003 until Jan. 20, 2009. During his tenure he worked on revitalizing Uptown, and successfully pushed for the redesign of Monument Square and development of the Unified Neighborhood Inspection Team.

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