Social worker ordered to remain in jail after arrest for having sex with a teenage client

Donavan Faucette appears beside his attorney, Shannon Demler in 1st District Court in Logan on Thursday. (Eli Lucero/Pool)

LOGAN — A judge has ordered a 34-year-old Hyrum man, accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl, to remain in jail and await a preliminary hearing. 

Donavan Faucette made his initial appearance in 1<sup>st</sup> District Court Thursday morning.  He has been charged with rape, object rape and forcible sodomy, all first-degree felonies.  He was arrested late Sunday night after telling a supervisor at Bear River Mental Health, where he was employed, that he had engaged in a sexual relationship with a client.

According to sheriff’s deputies, Faucette reportedly picked up the teenage girl at her relative’s home, drove into Logan Canyon and had sex with her near the turnoff to Temple Fork Canyon.  According to charging documents, the incident occurred on Friday, May 15.      

Faucette kept his head bowed during Thursday’s court appearance.  His attorney, Shannon Demler asked Judge Brandon Maynard to set a joint preliminary and bail hearing.  During that hearing it will be determined if there is sufficient evidence to bind Faucette over for trial and whether bail will be lowered from $80,000.

Judge Maynard set the hearing date for May 28.

Faucette had been a counselor at Bear River Mental Health for almost eight years.  He reportedly resigned before telling his clinical supervisor about the incident. 

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