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Former nonprofit official sentenced for child sex charge

Jan. 24, 2017 Updated Tue., Jan. 24, 2017 at 6:21 p.m.

Mathew Plank, who previously worked for several Spokane nonprofit organizations, was sentenced last week to 30 days in jail after pleading guilty to a child sex charge.

Plank, 53, was arrested after agreeing to meet a 15-year-old girl at a hotel room for sex in exchange for cash and Xanax pills. However, Plank had been communicating with police officers and the girl did not exist.

His 30-day sentence for communicating with a minor for immoral purposes is to be served on consecutive weekends. He is required to register as a sex offender.

Plank previously worked for or was affiliated with several local organizations, including the Lilac Services for the Blind, United Way, the Miss Spokane Scholarship Organization and the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

After his arrest, there were allegations that he had embezzled money from St. Vincent.

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