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Trial begins for man accused of sexual assault of a child

Posted at 5:33 PM, May 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-07 15:54:02-04

(UPDATE, May 7, 2019) The trial for Davin Dahl, a Great Falls man who is accused of sexually assaulting a child, has ended in a mistrial.

Judge John Larson of Missoula declared a mistrial because the alleged victim could not take the stand.

The trial began on Monday in Great Falls.

(May 6, 2019) The trial for a Great Falls man who is accused of sexually assaulting a child began Monday morning.

Davin Dahl faces one count of sexual assault of a child.

During opening arguments, the state said an adult walked in on two children engaging in oral sex last year.

When the adult asked the children what was going on, one child said Dahl taught her what to do.

The defense stated several versions of the story have been told and that there is no physical evidence in the case, only witness testimony.

The trial is expected to last up to three days.

(October 3, 2018) Davin Dahl faces one charge for sexual assault of a child for an incident that allegedly happened between November of 2014 and August of 2018.

Court documents state that Great Falls Police detectives began initially investigating a report concerning an injury to a child’s testicles, which required emergency surgery, in April of 2018.

A female child said the injury occurred after she bit him. She told detectives Dahl “taught her how to do that.” She later said the injury was from a bicycle accident.

About four months later, the female child was found engaging in oral sex with another child. The female child stated again that Dahl “taught her and that there was nothing wrong with it.”

According to court documents, detectives conducted numerous interviews including with Dahl who refuted the allegations that he taught one child oral sex.

Dahl told detectives he had previously been charged with a sex crime “because a girl tried to claim he jumped on her, but that it was all lies.”