- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Former West Liberty University President Robin Capehart has agreed to pay $10,000 to settle a state ethics complaint that he asked a university employee to work for his film company.

The West Virginia Ethics Commission released the agreement with Capehart on Thursday in which he will pay a $5,000 fine and $5,000 in costs.

Capehart resigned in March following the ethics complaint and a vote of no confidence by the university’s faculty senate.

In the agreement, Capehart admitted soliciting private business from a part-time university employee. The ethics commission says Kristin Seibert worked as a university consultant at the same time she was managing Capehart’s company Flyover Films.

Capehart attorney Greg McDermott said the violation was inadvertent.

“He did not knowingly and intentionally use his office for private gain,” McDermott said. “I do believe that if President Capehart knew that trying to help a part-time associate and friend become involved in a project in her area of expertise was a violation of the ethics act, he wouldn’t have done it.”

Capehart said among his reasons for accepting the agreement included the stress of the investigation on his family and the costs of defending the charges.

“I truly regret that this matter has been such a distraction from the great strides West Liberty University has made over the last eight years,” Capehart said.

Among its projects, Flyover Films produced the 2011 movie “Doughboy.”

Capehart continues to serve as a special legislative liaison to the West Liberty Board of Governors.

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