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Man arrested on attempted rape charge had coached Banks Youth Soccer

Law enforcement authorities in Vancouver, Wash., confirm that Sean Stirling Dotson, 49, of Forest Grove, was arrested earlier this month after allegedly attempting to contact and meet with an underage girl for sex.

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

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.

Officers placed an online ad on the Craigslist website, one posing as a girl named Julie who was skipping school and wanted to chat. In the affidavit, the Vancouver officer claims Dotson responded to the ad and they soon started exchanging text messages.

The communication allegedly began Jan. 12, 2016.

In the text messages, the officer claimed to be 14 years old.

By Jan. 13, the posing officer said the texts between “Julie” and the man who he believes was Dotson turned sexual. The records provide several detailed sexual messages between the two and state that Dotson made plans to meet “Julie” Jan. 14, 2016, at a home in Vancouver. The morning they were supposed to meet, Dotson sent “Julie” a message, requesting she send a photo of her face and breasts because “police would not send a picture like that,” the record states.

Despite “Julie” not sending such a photo, Dotson allegedly agreed to meet her anyway and described what he would be wearing and driving. The affidavit states that he arrived at the address officers provided around 11:40 a.m. and had one condom in his pocket.

In an interview with officers, records state that Dotson admitted to chatting with “Julie” and that she identified herself as a minor but said he would not have sex with a 14-year-old girl.

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

Stephen Kiss, a board member of Banks Youth Soccer, confirmed that Dotson coached the 14-and-under girls soccer team in the spring of 2015. Kiss said Dotson is no longer affiliated with Banks Youth Soccer in any way.

Several community members have told the News-Times Dotson also chaperoned youth trips to Washington D.C. that were organized by his wife.

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, she said, they cannot prioritize lesser online offenses such as identity theft.

The state of Washington does not release mug shots to the media.