Former NKU Athletic Director Pleads To Theft Charge
By Mike Perleberg
(Highland Heights, Ky.) – The former athletic director at Northern Kentucky University will be sentenced next month for stealing from the school.
Scott Eaton, of Ft. Thomas, pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge of Theft by Unlawful Taking between $10,000 and $1 million as part of a deal that will give him a 10-year prison sentence. Eaton’s formal sentencing is scheduled for Tuesday, May 20 in Campbell County Circuit Court.
The 50-year-old Eaton stole $311,215 from NKU’s athletic department over six years for his personal use.
Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway said that as part of Eaton’s guilty plea, he has agreed to the 10-year prison sentence and to repay the full amount of money that he stole from the university. He will also have to pay the mandatory felony fine of $1,000 and court costs.
“At a time when higher education institutions are being asked to accomplish more with smaller tuition increases and declining state funding, the reckless behavior exhibited by Scott Eaton is unconscionable,” Attorney General Conway said.
Eaton was fired as NKU’s athletic director last year when it was discovered he had inappropriate relations with employees and a student. An audit followed, revealing the thefts in which Eaton allegedly used a university credit card to purchase Kroger gift cards or pay personal expenses.
“I am grateful to Attorney General Jack Conway and to Campbell County Commonwealth Attorney Michelle Snodgrass for their diligent and responsible actions,” said NKU President Geoffrey Mearns.