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Former NIC Sex-For-Scholarship Administrator Sentenced



A former Idaho college administrator who admitted to offering scholarships for sex has been ordered to spend more than 100 days behind bars.

Former North Idaho College Financial Aid Director Joseph Bekken, 36, was arrested in February after police said he posted Craigslist ads offering grant money for sexual favors from students who attended the two-year Coeur d'Alene community college.

Investigators, including a team from the FBI, said they posed as a student to begin swapping emails with Bekken. Prosecutors said Bekken went as far as transferring $587 from an NIC scholarship account into an account created for the fictitious student. When Bekken showed up at an apartment complex to meet the supposed student, he was arrested.

KREM-TV reports Bekken stood before a Kootenai County judge Monday and held back tears as he apologized for his actions. During his trial, KREM-TV reported Bekken's lawyer said his client was suicidal following his February arrest. Additionally, Bekken said his actions were the result of a sex addiction. He told the court he had already sought treatment.

Bekken was sentenced to 107 days in jail with three additional years of supervised probation.