Social worker pleads guilty to having sex with teenage girl

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 35-year-old Hyrum man has formally pleaded guilty to having sex with a 16-year-old and will now await sentencing.

Donavan D. Faucette appeared in 1st District Court Monday morning accepting a plea deal, canceling a four-day jury trial and saving the victim from having to testify. He pleaded to one count of forcible sodomy, a first-degree felony. Under conditions of the agreement, prosecutors dropped three additional first-degree felony charges of rape, object rape and forcible sodomy.

Faucette was arrested last May after telling a supervisor at Bear River Mental Health, where he was employed, that he had sex with a client. He reportedly picked up the victim at her relative’s home, back on May 15. He drove her into Logan Canyon and had oral sex with her near the turnoff to Temple Fork Canyon. Deputies arrested him two days later and booked him in the Cache County Jail. He was later released on pre-trial supervision after posting $80,000 bail.

Faucette only spoke a couple times during Monday’s court appearance, telling Judge Thomas Willmore, he understood he was was giving up his constitutional rights to a fair trial by pleading guilty. He later said “I do,” when asked if he understood the maximum sentence possible for his charge and said “yes,” when Judge Willmore asked if he was pleading guilty because he was guilty.

Defense attorney, Shannon Demler said Faucette was currently undergoing a psycho-sexual evaluation. He asked the court for additional time to complete the evaluation before being sentenced.

Judge Willmore scheduled sentencing for April 4 and ordered Faucette to appear again then. He faces up to life in prison.

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