- Associated Press - Thursday, May 22, 2014

NEWPORT, Ky. (AP) - A former Northern Kentucky University athletic director has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for stealing more than $300,000 from the school.

Scott Eaton was sentenced Thursday in Campbell County Circuit Court for a six-year scheme that included taking gift cards meant to help feed student-athletes.

The 50-year-old Eaton also was ordered to pay $311,215 in restitution to NKU.

Eaton agreed not to request shock probation. He will be eligible for a parole board hearing after serving two years of the sentence.

He pleaded guilty last month to one count of theft by unlawful taking.

Eaton was hired as the school’s athletic director in 2009 and was fired last year over improper relationships with female employees and a student.

An audit of the athletic department’s accounts led to the theft charge.

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