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Dotson pleads guilty

Forest Grove man communicated with minor 'for immoral purposes'


Sean Stirling Dotson, 49, of Forest Grove was sentenced Thursday, May 12, to 30 days in the Clark County Jail in Washington after pleading guilty to communication with a minor for immoral purposes.

Dotson was arrested in January after meeting an underage girl in Vancouver, Wash., as part of a sting operation by the Vancouver Police Department. The girl was actually an undercover police officer.

According to police, Dotson responded to an online ad he thought was an underage girl skipping school. Dotson started exchanging text messages with the person he thought was the girl. The messages were sexual. He asked the girl to send a photo of her face and breasts to prove she was not an officer, but showed up to a

residence to meet her even though he did not receive the photos.

In addition to his prison sentence, Dotson is also required to register as a sex offender and have no contact with children other than his own. He was also ordered not to use any electronic device with Internet access unless he has permission from the court.

Dotson will also be under community custody for one year, which includes restrictions on entering businesses frequented by children. He will also receive any treatment recommended by a qualified Washington state professional after completing an evaluation for sexual deviancy.

Dotson was once a coach with the Banks Youth Soccer Association but not anymore.