RACINE — Former mayor Gary Becker was released from prison Tuesday after serving a three-year sentence for second-degree sexual assault of a child and child enticement.
Department of Corrections spokeswoman Jackie Guthrie confirmed his release Tuesday afternoon.
A corrections employee transported Becker from the Oshkosh Correctional Institution to his new residence in Racine County and he is now under GPS monitoring, Guthrie said.
As of Tuesday, it was unclear where Becker’s new home is. However, Guthrie confirmed he will be living in Racine County and, as a condition of Becker’s release, he will be on the sex offender registry for life and he will have to report his address.
Information about where Becker is living should be posted on the state’s sex offender registry today, Guthrie said. All sex offenders’ addresses are updated on the website at the close of business each workday and refreshed overnight, Guthrie said.
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 about a history of illicit sexual activity.
Becker admitted to having affairs and hiring prostitutes 20 years ago, according to information that came out in court.
Also, even after Becker was arrested for sexual assault and child enticement charges, his behavior continued.
He was seen going to the Boston Store at Regency Mall while out on bond, buying nine items of lingerie, including hot pink bras and black sequined panties. That information came out at his sentencing hearing.
Since then, Becker completed sex offender treatment while imprisoned in Oshkosh.
In Becker’s court file, there is a certificate of achievement dated July 20, 2012, acknowledging he completed treatment and accompanying written assignments.
Also, a report in Becker’s court file said he accepted responsibility for his sexual offending behavior and that he is aware of his personal cognitive distortions and what steps he needs to take to challenge them.
The report also said he used alcohol as a coping mechanism in the past; however, alcohol and drug treatment was not recommended. It said alcohol did not appear to play a significant role in his sexual offending. The report also said he showed some patterns of deceptiveness during treatment, but that he accepted redirection well.
Before Becker’s release, his attorney Patrick Cafferty talked to him about speaking with The Journal Times. But Becker declined an interview and he could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
A hand-written letter in Becker’s court file says, “The (treatment) program was very useful and helped me see how my thoughts and distortions allowed me to offend. The knowledge I received in the program gives me confidence that I will not reoffend … I can assure you that all I want to do is get a start on rebuilding my life, get a job and become a productive member of society again.”
The letter was filed with an October 2012 petition for sentence adjustment, but that petition was denied.
The letter also says at the time his housing plans were pending but that he did have support from family and friends.
While Becker has been released, he will be on extended supervision for the next five years.
During that time, Becker cannot have contact with minors. He must undergo treatment and must seek gainful employment. He cannot have alcohol and is subject to random urine analysis. He cannot use the Internet without approval of an agent and the former mayor will not be able to vote.
Alison Bauter contributed to this report.
Correction: The length of time Gary Becker will be on extended supervision was incorrect.The amount of time he will serve was previously recorded incorrectly in the state’s online court access system. The error has been corrected.
Becker’s Time In Office
Serving as mayor from 2003 through early 2009, Becker’s time in office included a focus on:
-- Reducing poverty and violence.
-- Revitalizing the Uptown area.
-- Strengthening neighborhoods by eliminating vacant houses and encouraging home ownership.