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The Today File

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February 19, 2015 at 7:09 AM

Idaho college administrator offered scholarships for sex, police say

The Associated Press

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — The former financial aid director at North Idaho College is facing felony charges after police say he offered scholarship money belonging to the school to students in exchange for sex.

Authorities arrested 36-year-old Joseph M. Bekken on Wednesday on suspicion of misusing public funds and soliciting prostitution.

Police say Bekken advertised on Craigslist for several semesters.

Police say Bekken agreed to meet a female student at a Coeur d’Alene apartment complex on Feb. 2 but it turned out to be an undercover sting. Police interviewed Bekken at that time.

Police requested a second interview on Wednesday and arrested Bekken.

Authorities say college officials worked with law enforcement agencies to set up a fake student account and then responded to Bekken’s advertisement on Craigslist.

The college has fired Bekken.

 

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