Social worker arrested for having sex with a teenage client

Donavan Faucette, 38, social worker with Bear River Mental Health who was arrested early Monday morning, accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old client.

LOGAN — A 38-year-old social worker with Bear River Mental Health was arrested early Monday morning, accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old client.

Cache County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Matt Bilodeau said Donavan Faucette was arrested on four initial offenses of rape, sodomy, object rape and forcible sex abuse, all first-degree felonies.

Sunday night, Faucette reportedly told a supervisor at the center that he had an inappropriate relationship with the girl. He said he had picked her up from her relative’s home and drove her into Logan Canyon near the Temple Fork turnoff, where the incident occurred.

An investigation has just been opened into the case and there is a potential for more charges to be filed. Bilodeau said, “We don’t know if there was more than one incident or more victims.”

Bear River Mental Health CEO Reed Ernstrom said he was shocked to learn of the arrest. Faucette had been employed at the center since July 2007 and was very well thought of by others. He allegedly resigned his position Sunday night before telling his clinical supervisor about the incident.

Ernstrom said Faucette did not have any previous complaints and the center is cooperating with sheriff’s investigators.

Faucette is being held in the Cache County Jail on an $80,000 bond. Formal charges are pending.

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