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University hires, quickly fires sports spokesman

By Associated Press
Published On: Apr 04 2014 07:24:49 AM MDT

www.ugf.edu

GREAT FALLS, Mont. -

The University of Great Falls has fired its director of sports information and marketing shortly after hiring him, saying it learned he had a criminal record that an initial background check failed to uncover.
    
The Great Falls Tribune reported Thursday Todd Brittingham pleaded guilty in Kansas in 2011 to misdemeanor charges of endangering a child and furnishing alcohol to a minor.
    
No phone listing could be found for Brittingham. The newspaper said he didn't return several messages left on his cellphone.
    
The newspaper said it contacted school officials about that case shortly after the university announced Brittingham's hiring Thursday. Within two hours, the university said it had dismissed Brittingham.
    
The university said it had conducted a criminal background check on Brittingham but it didn't turn up the Kansas case.