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Local man arrested in Vancouver on sex-related charges

Sean Stirling Dotson, 50, of Forest Grove, was arrested earlier this month after allegedly attempting to contact and

meet with underage girls for sex.

Dotson was arrested in Clark County, Wash., on suspicion of attempted third-degree rape of a child and felony communications with a minor for immoral purposes.

Dotson and two other men were arrested at a home in east Vancouver as part of a sting operation by the Vancouver Police Department. According to a probable cause affidavit, the three men allegedly responded to online ads placed by undercover police officers.

The court granted Dotson a supervised release. He’ll be formally charged at an arraignment hearing set for Feb. 2.

Kim Kapp, Vancouver Police Department public information officer, said the VPD has a team of detectives working on child pornography and child exploitation cases constantly. They’re so busy dealing with these kinds of cases, they cannot prioritize lesser offenses that also occur online such as identity theft, she said.

Much of this reporting came from an article that appeared in “The Columbian” Jan. 15, written by Andy Matarrese. See it at columbian.com/news/2016/jan/15/three-in-court-on-sex-charges-following-sting.