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Neighbors upset that ex-Racine mayor Becker moves in nearby as sex offender


RACINE, WI (WTAQ) - Former Racine Mayor Gary Becker was very popular at one time – but now, some of his new neighbors are upset about where he moved, after being freed from prison this week.

Becker spent three years behind bars for arranging sex on the Internet with a 14-year-old girl who was actually a state Justice agent performing a sting operation.

Becker’s new home is about two blocks from a Racine elementary school. The address was made public Wednesday, when he signed up on a state Internet site for registered sex offenders.

Some of Becker’s new neighbors told the Racine Journal Times they should have known before now that the former mayor was moving in.

One called the lack of notification “disturbing.”

Becker declined comment. The paper quoted him as saying “I’m good, thanks.” And then shut the door on a reporter.

He’ll be on extended supervision for the next 5 years. The conditions include treatment, getting a job, no alcohol, taking periodic urine tests, and not going online unless a probation agent approves.