The alleged incidents occurred at a Farmington residence


FARMINGTON — A Utah man has been arrested and accused of molesting and groping a young female relative multiple times during a seven-month period at a residence in Farmington.

Dakota Smallcanyon, 29, of Montezuma Creek, Utah, is accused of four second-degree felony counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor, according to court records.

He is accused of four incidents of molesting and/or groping an 11-year-old girl, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

John Beckstead, Smallcanyon's attorney, could not be reached for comment.

A Farmington Police Department detective was assigned the case on June 5. The alleged incidents occurred at a residence in the 800 block of North Vine Avenue.

The alleged victim's mother told an officer the victim was molested multiple times by Smallcanyon between Aug. 1, 2017 and Feb. 28.

The detective was contacted by an officer from an out-of-state police department on June 5 who stated she was going to help conduct the forensic interview of the alleged victim.

A copy of the report was delivered to the detective on June 19.

The alleged victim stated she was still afraid of Smallcanyon despite living in a separate state.

During the interview, the victim stated the incidents made her feel "weird and disgusted," according to court documents.

The detective reached out to the Navajo Police Department in an attempt to locate Smallcanyon but was not able to locate him.

Smallcanyon was charged on Oct. 3 and was booked into the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on Feb. 28.

He has been released from the county jail per a court order.

Smallcanyon's preliminary hearing was continued until April 10 in Farmington Magistrate Court.

Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 or via email at

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