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Former Racine mayor faces 25 years in prison

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Ellsworth Wisconsin 126 S. Chestnut St. 54011

RACINE - Former Racine Mayor Gary Becker faces up to 25 years in prison, after he pleaded guilty yesterday to two charges connected with an Internet sex sting.

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Six other counts were dropped in a plea bargain. Racine County District Attorney Michael Nieskes says he'll recommend jail-or-prison time, but he wouldn't say how much. He said the plea deal was appropriate, and it protects the community's interests.

Becker was arrested last January for arranging on-line to have sex with whom he thought was a 14-year-old girl - but was actually an agent with the state Internet Crimes Task Force. They started investigating Becker after he asked a city worker to fix his personal computer, and the employee found child pornography. Three of the dismissed charges alleged that Becker possessed child porn.

The 52-year-old Becker resigned as Racine's mayor soon after he was arrested. He later got divorced - and he entered a treatment center in Pennsylvania for compulsive sex-related behavior.

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