Orange County District Attorney
Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
For Immediate Release
Susan Kang Schroeder
DANCE INSTRUCTOR SENTENCED TO TWO YEARS AND EIGHT MONTHS IN PRISON FOR UNLAWFUL SEXUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH 16-YEAR-OLD STUDENT
*Defendant also secretly videotaped other underage girls undress after pool party
SANTA ANA – A dance instructor was sentenced today to two years and eight months in state prison for 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. The People argued for a sentence of seven years and eight months. Jason Alan Marian, 32, Mission Viejo, was found guilty by a jury April 30, 2010, of four felony counts of using a minor for sex acts, one felony count 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 was also convicted of one additional felony count each of using a minor for sex acts and sexual penetration by foreign object of a minor, but on July 18, 2011, the court ordered those counts to be retried.
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, 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. In June 2006, Marian unlawfully engaged in oral copulation and digital penetration with Jane Doe in his Mission Viejo home.
Marian was also found guilty by a jury of inviting the victim to the beach, giving her alcohol, taking provocative photographs of her in her bathing suit, and digitally penetrated her at the beach. Based on a motion by the defense claiming the discovery of additional evidence, the court has ruled that the criminal charges related to the sexual assault at the beach be retried.
During the sentencing today, one