Former NKU AD Pleads Guilty To Theft Charges

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Former Northern Kentucky University athletic director Scott Eaton has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $311,000 dollars from the school.

State attorney general Jack Conway says Eaton entered his plea today (Thursday) in Campbell County Circuit Court, and agreed to serve the maximum term of ten years in prison.  He'll also have to repay NKU. 

Conway says Eaton stole the money from 2007 through 2013 several different ways including using his university credit card to buy Kroger gift cards, which he used to make more than $262,000 in purchases for himself.  He also used the credit card for about $33,000 in personal charges.  And Conway says Eaton used NKU resources for printing and postage for a coaches association of which he was a member.

He kept more than $16,000 he was reimbursed instead of returning it to NKU. 

The university fired Eaton in March last year when it found out he was having inappropriate relations with several employees and a student.  An external audit confirmed that he'd also stolen money from NKU.  Eaton will be formally sentenced May 20th.