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Police: New victim comes forward in NIC sex scandal case

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Joseph Bekken, 36, was arrest February 18th for allegedly offering students grant money in exchange for sexual favors. Joseph Bekken, 36, was arrest February 18th for allegedly offering students grant money in exchange for sexual favors.
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The Coeur d'Alene Police Department says a new victim has come forward in the Joseph Bekken case. Former North Idaho College Financial Aid Director Joseph Bekken, 36, was arrest February 18th for allegedly offering students grant money in exchange for sexual favors.

An NIC student has recently come forward telling Coeur d'Alene officers that in exchange for financial aid money she gave Bekken sexual photos of herself. This comes after Bekken, according to police documents, told officers in an interview he'd only had one seriously interested party. That party, being undercover officers.

After being notified by the FBI that there were Craigslist ads targeting NIC students, the Coeur d'Alene Police Department set up a sting operation. Using a fake student account, they set up a meeting for sex in exchange for financial aid money. Officers say on February 2nd Bekken was the one who showed up to that meeting. After a 16 day investigation Bekken was arrested and charged with five felonies.

Officers say Bekken admitted that he had the idea to offer financial aid money for sex a few semesters ago. He also told officers that while he was working for the Grand Canyon University in Arizona, he would often meet people on Craigslist for casual sexual encounters. These admissions have led prosecutors to believe that this type of behavior has been going on for months. They've said there's a possibility they will be filing new charges in the future. At this time officers don't think there are anymore victims but say they will know for sure after all of Bekken's emails have been searched.

Despite these developments Bekken recently posted bail and was released from the Kootenai County Jail after his bond was lowered from $100,000 to $25,000. Bekken's attorney told a judge that Bekken wasn't a flight risk and during the 16 days he was being investigated before his arrest he didn't try to leave town, instead he was looking for a new job.

Additionally, Bekken's wife, an NIC instructor recently filed for divorce. She cut off all communication with Bekken and withdrew all the money from their financial accounts.

Bekken's preliminary hearing has been scheduled for March 19th.

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