Gary Becker. Husband. Father of two. Mayor of Racine, Wisconsin. Becker has racked up a successful career. A popular Democratic politician, he ran unopposed in 2007. You would think that someone in the news and in the “know” would know better but apparently not.
Racine city tech support had to come in to fix his computer back in December ‘08 and while there they found pornography. Having porn isn’t necessarily illegal as long as it’s child porn but like most companies and communities the City of Racine frowns on surfing for porn when you should be running the city. Unfortunately not only was he allegedly surfing for porn but it was child porn. I guess if it had been just “porn” porn he might have been able to fight it since it was his personal computer (that the contractor worked on during city time).
When police were notified they decided to set up a sting. A Wisconsin State Investigator posed as a 14-year-old girl and chatted with Mr Mayor, who promptly set up a date to have sex with the supposed youngster. The chat took place in mid-January and is pretty graphic. You can read it in it’s entirety in the criminal complaint here.
Now the state has charged him with child enticement, possession of child pornography, exposing a child to harmful materials, attempted second-degree sexual assault of a child, use of a computer to facilitate a child sex crime and misconduct in public office..
Being as how the Mayor is probably right in assuming that the folks in Racine aren’t particularly happy with him anymore the mayor has filed a motion for a change of venue in his case.
According to Becker’s alleged Yahoo profile (which I can’t find anymore) his interests include “seducing all age females into being hot sluts”.
Becker resigned as Mayor back in January before the city aldermen could ask for his resignation, saying that it would be better for the city if he resigned.
I know this case is several months old but I am posting it now for a couple of reasons. One is because I missed it back in January and the second is because his trial date has been set for February 1st.