Alexa

Wis. mayor accused of attempted child sex assault

Wis. mayor accused of attempted child sex assault

State agents arrested the mayor of this southeastern Wisconsin city and planned to charge him with child pornography, attempted sexual assault and other counts, authorities said Wednesday.
Mayor Gary Becker was arrested late Tuesday at a shopping mall in Brookfield, a Milwaukee suburb. He was being held Wednesday in the Kenosha County Jail on a $165,000 cash bond.
He faced tentative charges of attempted sexual assault of a child, child enticement, possession of child pornography, official misconduct and other counts, according to a news release by the state Department of Justice.
Racine County District Attorney Michael Nieskes said he expected to file formal charges by Thursday.
The state news release gave no detail on what Becker, 51, was accused of doing, and officials declined to comment.
Racine, with a population of about 79,000, is some 25 miles south of Milwaukee along Lake Michigan. It is home to consumer products giant S.C. Johnson & Son.
According to the city's Web site, Becker has been married since 1981 and has two daughters. He had served two terms as alderman before taking four years off, then was elected mayor in 2003. He ran unopposed in 2007.
Racine police Lt. James Dobbs said police received a tip about two weeks ago about possible criminal activity involving Becker. Concerned about a possible conflict of interest, they turned the information over to the state Division of Criminal Investigation.
The phone at Becker's home went unanswered Wednesday morning. Women who answered the phones at the mayor's office and his dry cleaning business said they did not know whether he had hired an attorney.
City Council President David Maack told The Journal Times he was "shocked and disappointed." He said he will serve as acting mayor for the time being.


Updated : 2021-04-12 10:16 GMT+08:00