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Grantsville man arrested in rape case of teen girl

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(KUTV) A Grantsville man was arrested this week after he allegedly raped a 13-year-old girl from West Valley City.

Dakota L. Parker, 29-years-old, was arrested Wednesday, Oct. 4 in Grantsville, Utah. He was charged with rape of a child and sodomy on a child, first-degree felonies; and with sex abuse of a child and two counts of enticing a minor over the internet, second-degree felonies.

According to West Valley police, the rape of a 13-year-old girl was reported to Grantsville police on Sept. 28. According to court documents, the girl told police she met Parker online and said she would meet up with him.

She said he took her to his home in Grantsville on Sept. 27, and once there, "he gave her something and ... she woke up naked the next morning."

The girl told police that she had chatted with Parker on Snapchat, and she and her mother gave Grantsville City police detective Lydon Allred access to her account, where he then posed as the girl on Snapchat.

He found "several messages from (Parker) asking where she was." Allred was able to get a phone number and verified the number belonged to Parker.

Allred kept talking with Parker on Snapchat "and talked about being 13-years-old, and Dakota showed no concern with the female being 13-years-old and asked to meet up with her again to spend the night," court documents say.

Parker arrived at the meeting location on Wednesday, where police officers followed him to a safe location and he was taken into custody.

In an interview with police, Parker admitted to having sex with the girl, but claimed he did not know her age.

According to officials, "(Parker) also corroborated some of the details the 13-year-old provided in her interview about the night of the incident."

Police transported Parker to the Tooele County Detention Center, where he was booked on the charges.

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