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Police arrest Spokane man attempting to solicit sex with 15-year-old boy

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One of the photos attached to the ad, found by Spokane Police Detective Brian Tafoya, seeking younger boys on Craigslist posted by Erick Erickson One of the photos attached to the ad, found by Spokane Police Detective Brian Tafoya, seeking younger boys on Craigslist posted by Erick Erickson
SPOKANE, Wash. - A sting operation paid off for a Spokane Police detective after he arrested a man who he said was trying to solicit sex from a teenage boy on Craigslist.

Spokane Police Detective Brian Tafoya was checking Craigslist during the week of August 25, to see if he could find anyone openly looking for sexual encounters with minors. Detective Tafoya found an ad titled "Seeking younger for bottom boy training M4M 28 upper South Hill." Tafoya noticed the ad had several sexually explicit photographs with repeated references to young boys. 

Detective Tafoya responded to the post, posing as a middle-aged man who was also interested in young boys. In court documents, Tafoya said during the course of conversations with the poster, it did not appear he was being "sexually interesting enough," but the poster appeared very interested in sexual encounters with younger individuals. 

Tafoya said he then noticed the poster put up another ad on Craigslist that was very similar to the first one. Tafoya responded to that ad posing as a 15-year-old boy. After a few exchanges, the poster asked Tafoya how old he was, to which Tafoya indicated he was 15-years-old. The Craigslist poster then responded, "I'm down to play if you know how to keep a secret." 

In another email, the poster talked about his sexual prowess, rape fantasies, and introducing boys to their "kinkier side." 

Through a series of emails, Tafoya set up a meeting with the poster and told him to bring a dog collar. The poster asked for a phone number and detective Tafoya gave him one. Once the poster texted that number, Tafoya checked the database and found it was registered to 31-year-old Erick S. Erickson. 

Court documents say Erickson agreed to meet up with the "15-year-old boy" at the Walmart in Shadle Park. Detective Tafoya and another detective waited for Erickson at the Shadle Park Walmart, and when he showed up, he was placed under arrest. Detectives found a collar/leash inside Erickson's car. 

A short time later, Erickson waived his constitutional rights and was interviewed by detectives. Court documents say Erickson admitted to arranging to meet a 15-year-old boy through Craigslist. Erickson said often times, the men who say they are younger, are actually older and are playing out a fantasy. Erickson said he had been soliciting sexual partners on Craigslist for about 2 years and had engaged in approximately 75 sexual encounters, however he said most of them were from men older than him, and all others were over the age of 18. 

Erickson gave detectives permission to search his computer, cell phone and vehicle. 

Erickson was booked into the Spokane County Jail for 3rd Degree Attempted Rape of a Child and Communicating with a Minor for Immoral Purposes.

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