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Racine ex-mayor could learn trial date this week

RACINE, WI (AP) -- Racine's former mayor could find out this week when he'll face trial on charges stemming from an Internet sex sting.

Fifty-two-year-old Gary Becker is accused of trying to arrange a sexual tryst with someone he thought was a juvenile girl. He has a status conference scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.

Becker resigned as mayor on Jan. 20, five days after he was charged with multiple felonies. The criminal complaint says he was arrested in a sting operation after chatting online with a state agent posing as a 14-year-old girl.

The charges include possession of child pornography and misconduct in office.

A judge in August denied Becker's request for a change of venue. Becker's attorney had argued that pretrial publicity had prejudiced Becker's right to a fair and impartial jury.

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