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Former North Idaho College Director of Financial Aid arrested for offering grant money in exchange for sexual favors

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36-year-old Joseph M. Bekken 36-year-old Joseph M. Bekken
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

On Tuesday, Coeur d'Alene Police Detectives arrested 36-year-old Joseph M. Bekken, from Coeur d' Alene. He was arrested on suspicion of having committed five felonies, including attempted misuse of public funds, attempted procurement of prostitution, burglary, using a computer in a scheme to defraud, and bribery. The arrest was the result of a joint investigation between Coeur d' Alene Police, FBI, North Idaho College, and the Kootenai County Prosecutors Office.

On February 2nd, 2015 NIC School Resource Officer Gus Wessel was alerted by the FBI about a post on Craigslist in the casual encounters section. The post talked about a proposition for NIC students. The proposition was for grant money in exchange for sexual favors. After a three week investigation with full cooperation from NIC's administrative team, it was determined the poster of the ads on Craigslist was Joseph M. Bekken (Former Director of Financial Aid for NIC). Bekken is now in custody at the Kootenai County Public Safety Building. 

Coeur d' Alene Police Chief Lee White stated, "NIC School Resource Officer Gus Wessel worked closely with the college and cooperating law enforcement agencies to investigate this matter in an efficient and proactive manner. The relationship between the police department and North Idaho College has proven extremely valuable to ensure the safety and well-being of the campus and the community as a whole."

NIC says Bekken was with the school for six years as the Director of Financial Aid, and that he was terminated on February 6th, 2015.

North Idaho College President, Joe Dunlap, released a statement on the matter, which reads in part, "The individual charged in this case is no longer an employee of the college and has not been since the issue first came to light. North Idaho College has worked alongside law enforcement from the very beginning of the investigation. I am grateful for the knowledge and training of our staff, which resulted in a swift and decisive response to this incident."

This incident remains under investigation.


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