UPDATE: The court on Tuesday morning, after a half-hour hearing, gave Gary Becker approval to attend in-patient treatment at the KeyStone Center near Philadelphia. Efforts by District Atty. Michael Nieskes to instead have him receive treatment here, or to raise his cash bond, were rejected by Judge Stephen Simanek. Becker is expected to check in to the residential facility for the six-week treatment regimen later this week. To accommodate the treatment, Becker's April 3 pre-trial hearing was moved to April 24. More later...
Former Mayor Gary Becker, who faces a 9 a.m. bail/bond hearing tomorrow in front of Judge Stephen Simanek, has filed a motion that appears to seek permission to obtain treatment out of state.
The motion filed by Becker's attorney cites the cases of 16 defendants who, as Atty. Patrick Cafferty spells out, were facing "similar charges to the charges filed against Defendant" but who "have not been restricted by the conditions of their bonds from leaving Racine County or the State of Wisconsin while their cases were pending in Racine County." The cases cited ranged from 1999 to 2002, and required bonds between $5,000 and $50,000.
Becker's present $10,000 bond restricts him to Racine County, except for trips to Milwaukee for medical treatment.
Cafferty filed an attachment with his motion containing the address and a description of an inpatient treatment program at the KeyStone Center, 2001 Providence Ave., Chester, PA, 16 miles from Philadelphia. KeyStone's website describes it as "a residential center for healing from Sexual Compulsivity and Trauma."
The 16-bed sexual extended care unit, part of a larger 116-bed residential facility for treatment of addictions like gambling and alcoholism, is for persons who "have a primary problem with sexually compulsive behavior, sex addiction and/or trauma. Persons with love addiction and co-dependency behaviors are also considered and encouraged to apply. Clients must be physically and cognitively able to participate in the program."
At Becker's last court appearance, on Feb. 10, he stood mute and the court entered not guilty pleas on his behalf to eight charges stemming from a state Department of Criminal Investigation sting that brought him to Brookfield Square Mall in January expecting to meet a 14-year-old girl for sex, but instead finding criminal investigators. The sting was initiated after a city IT worker found inappropriate pictures on a computer Becker gave him to repair. The former mayor is charged with eight felonies relating to child enticement, attempted sexual assualt of a child and possession of child pornography.