Utah Man Allegedly Used Teen’s Snapchat Account To Lure, Sexually Assault 13-Year-Old Girl: Cops

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Mar. 20 2023, Published 3:17 p.m. ET

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A Utah man has been arrested after he allegedly convinced a teen girl to run away from home and then use her Snapchat account to meet up with and sexually assault a 13-year-old girl, police said.

An investigation was launched on March 8 when a 16-year-old girl notified police in South Jordan that her Snapchat account was hacked, KSL reported.

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Police said the girl met Danny Dinh, 23, when she was 15 and he talked her into running away from home.

Investigators said Ding ended up harboring the teen and during that time, she used his cell phone to access her social media account.

The girl eventually left Dinh and stopped talking to him, but some timelier she got a notification from Snapchat that her account was being accessed. She determined it was Dinh using her account and posing as her, court records show.

Detectives said Dinh used the Snapchat account to contact a 13-year-old girl. He eventually told the second girl he was a male, but he lied about his age, according to authorities.

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The second girl agreed to meet Dinh and he allegedly sexually assaulted her shortly after she got into his vehicle, officials said. According to court records, Dinh is accused of telling the second girl that she was either going to have sex with him or he would kill her.

A search warrant on the Snapchat account was issued and detectives found messages Dinh allegedly sent to another person talking about each of the alleged victims. When talking about the 13-year-old, Dinh allegedly said, “But my fault if I took things too far,” according to KSL.

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On March 16, police interviewed Dinh, and he was booked into the Salt Lake County jail. He was charged with aggravated kidnapping, child kidnapping, child rape, aggravated sexual abuse of a child, forcible sodomy, sodomy on a child, sexual exploitation of a minor, and enticing a minor.


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