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College administrator offers financial aid in exchange for sex acts on Craigslist

By Mason White 12:37 PM February 19, 2015
Joseph Bekken 

By: Tanya Malhotra
(Scroll down for video) A college administrator in Idaho, was arrested after offering financial aid in exchange for sex.

Joseph Bekken, 36, who was the director of financial aid of the North Idaho College, lost his job following an investigation over a post on Craigslist

This post offered students grant money in exchange for sexual favors.

Spokane Police found the post and sent it to the FBI, who then forward it to the Coeur d’Alene Police Department.

The police set up a fake student email account and bank account. An officer then began emailing Bekken, pretending to be a student.

During their correspondence, Bekken placed $587 of NIC grant money into the “student’s” bank account. The officer then set up a time to meet with Bekken while still pretending to be the student.

Bekken showed up to the prearranged apartment, and so did the police. He was arrested at the scene.

Bekken allegedly admitted to posting ads like this for several semesters, but he said that he never had any sexual encounters for money.

Bekken was charged with 5 felony counts, including attempted misuse of public funds, attempted procurement of prostitution, burglary, bribery and using a computer in a scheme to defraud.