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Update: Bekken gets 107 days in jail

Kootenai County Sheriff's Office booking photo, of Joseph Michael Bekken.
Kootenai County Sheriff's Office booking photo, of Joseph Michael Bekken.

A former North Idaho College administrator was sentenced Monday to 107 days in jail for computer crimes and attempted misuse of public funds related to a scheme to entice students to have sex with him in exchange for financial aid. First District Judge Lansing Haynes also sentenced Joseph Michael Bekken to three years probation, and imposed a $10,000 fine. Bekken, 37, was NIC’s financial aid director when college officials and police unraveled the scheme, which involved a Craigslist notice offering scholarship money in exchange for sexual relations. He was fired Feb. 2 and arrested Feb. 18 on five felony charges. His attorney, Sean Walsh, said Bekken lost his career, family and reputation due to the crimes and is deeply remorseful and ashamed. Adding a prison sentence on top of that is too much, Walsh said/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

Question: Do you agree with the sentence handed down to former NIC financial aid director Joseph Bekken?



D.F. Oliveria
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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