|For Immediate Release
Case # 07SF0537
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
DANCE INSTRUCTOR CONVICTED OF UNLAWFUL SEXUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH 16-YEAR-OLD STUDENT AND SECRETLY VIDEOTAPING OTHER UNDERAGE GIRLS UNDRESS AFTER A POOL PARTY
SANTA ANA – A dance instructor was convicted today of having an unlawful sexual relationship with a 16-year-old dance student and secretly videotaping several other teen girls after a pool party at his home as they changed in the bathroom. Jason Alan Marian, 31, Mission Viejo, was found guilty by a jury of five felony counts of using a minor for sex acts, two felony counts of sexual penetration by foreign object of a minor, two felony counts of oral copulation of a minor, one felony count of possession and control of child pornography, and one misdemeanor count of secretly filming another with the intent to arouse. He faces a maximum sentence of nine years in state prison at his sentencing on July 16, 2010, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-28, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
In April 2007, Marian and his wife were both dance instructors at Mission Viejo Dance and Performing Arts Center. On April 14, 2007, the defendant invited several female dance students, between the ages of 12 and 14 years, to his home for a party. He set up a Slip ‘N Slide in a nearby park for the victims to use in their bathing suits.
After playing in the park, the defendant had the girls come back to his house for a barbecue and swimming. He set up a hidden camera in the bathroom of his house and had the unsuspecting victims change their clothes in the bathroom so as not to ruin the furniture with wet bathing suits. The defendant surreptitiously taped each of the victims as they undressed in full view of the camera with the intention of using the video for sexual gratification.
One of the victims noticed the camera while changing and removed it from the bathroom. She gave it to her parents, who turned it over to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. During a subsequent investigation, officers learned of an unlawful sexual relationship between the defendant and a 16-year-old victim.
Between December 2005 and June 2006, the defendant groomed 16-year-old Jane Doe, a student at Mission Viejo Dance and Performing Arts Center. The victim was not a student of the defendant. He offered to assist her with a school science project by taking her to his other job at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point.
Marian invited the victim to the beach, gave her alcohol, and took provocative photographs of her in her bathing suit. He digitally penetrated the victim at the beach. In June 2006, he unlawfully engaged in oral copulation and digital penetration with Jane Doe in his Mission Viejo home.
Deputy District Attorney Tony Ferrentino of the Sexual Assault Unit is prosecuting this case.