Motions to dismiss child porn and internet sex sting related charges against the former Racine mayor have been denied. Racine County Judge Stephen Simanek rejected a challenge to the affidavit and search warrant regarding different pornographic images on Gary Becker’s personal computer hard drive which he gave to city IT staffers to fix.
The judge noted Gary Becker voluntary turned over his computer. “How can you have a reasonable expectation of privacy under those circumstances,” said Simanek.
A change of venue motion was also rejected by the judge who did agree to separate a charge of misconduct in public office.
Trial remains listed for mid-October with Becker free on bond. The former mayor is now rehabbing houses in the community he once led.
Contributed by Tom Karkow-WRJN