(Highland Heights, Ky.) - Northern Kentucky University’s recently fired athletic director could soon be facing criminal charges.
On Monday, school president Geoffrey Mearns said that Scott Eaton admitted to diverting up to $150,000 from the athletic department over the course of eight years.
"Mr. Eaton has now admitted a pattern of conduct or financial misconduct. Specifically, he diverted a significant amount of university resources for his personal use,” Mearns said.
NKU began looking into financial activity at the athletic department following Eaton’s dismissal last month. Eaton was fired March 18 for violating the school’s code of ethics by having relationships with a student and four employees, two of which he supervised.
Eaton has not been charged for the stolen money, but an investigation is likely by the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office.
Mearns said the university will seek restitution from Eaton.