Former Western Kentucky University educator sentenced to 52 weekends behind bars

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.- A former Western Kentucky University professor, who pleaded guilty to defrauding the university, will have to spend 52 weekends behind bars.

Matthew Dettman, who was an engineering professor at Western, was sentenced Wednesday.

He will spend those 52 weekends inside the Warren County Regional Jail.

According to the plea agreement reached last September, Dettman devised a scheme to defraud the university by diverting concrete and soil test payments from the engineering department for his own personal use.

The diverted payments, furthered by interstate wire transfers, resulted in a loss of $236,000 to the university.

As part of the plea agreement, Dettman is required to pay $236,000 in restitution to the university.