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Bail Set At $100,000 For Ex-NIC Official

A former North Idaho College official accused of offering students scholarship money in exchange for sex was ordered held in jail on $100,000 bond. Joseph M. Bekken, who was fired from his position as NIC’s financial aid director and arrested by Coeur d’Alene Police on Wednesday, appeared before a Kootenai County judge this afternoon. “I’m not a flight risk. I’m not going anywhere,” Bekken, 36, told 1st District Judge Scott Wayman. “I have my wife and kids here. I’m not going anywhere.” Bekken asked the judge to lower the bond. Wayman noted that Bekken does not have a criminal history, but he also took note of information from the Kootenai County Prosecutor’s Office that he may face additional charges, including federal charges/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

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D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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