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Spokane businessman arrested for trying to trade drugs for underage sex

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Mathew Plank is a very well known figure in Spokane's Public Relations industry Mathew Plank is a very well known figure in Spokane's Public Relations industry
SPOKANE, Wash. -

A Spokane man was arrested Thursday afternoon on charges of 3rd degree attempted rape and commercial sex abuse of a minor. Mathew Plank is a very well known figure in Spokane's Public Relations industry. 

Court records show 52-year-old Plank arranged to meet a 15-year-old girl in a hotel room for sex in exchange for Xanax and cash. However, the girl Plank agreed to meet didn't actually exist and he was actually communicating with police officers the entire time. 

The investigation started earlier in the month when detectives received information that Plank "had a habit" of having sex with young girls in exchange for Xanax. Police then began communicating with Plank.Detectives say Plank agreed to meet the "girl" Thursday afternoon at a motel on Sunset Highway. When Plank showed up at the agreed upon meeting time to the agreed upon room, officers arrested him. 

After being read his Miranda rights, Plank told officers "I know you guys aren't trying to entrap me, but this is embarrassing. I'm friends with Ozzie (Knezovich)," according to court documents. Sheriff Knezovich told KHQ later that he has met Plank before, but they are not friends. 

Plank also told detectives the Xanax was prescribed to him and he had "no intentions on trying to hurt, rape, kidnap, rob, abuse or otherwise hurt (the girl he was meeting)." 

When detectives asked why Plank was meeting a young girl, he replied, "Single dad. Stress relief." 

According to his LinkedIn profile, Plank has worked with many well-known organizations, including United Way, Lilac Services for the Blind, and the Craig T. Nelson Golf Charity.

Plank's LinkedIn profile lists "Development Director at Hub Sports Center" as  his most recent job. However, we spoke to a representative of the Hub, who told us that's not the case. The spokesperson says Plank was a contract employee with the Hub, doing fund-raising development. Plank "didn't have an office at the Hub and had nothing to do with programming."

Mathew Plank made a first appearance in Spokane County Court Friday afternoon.

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