Orange County District Attorney
Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
For Immediate Release
October 2, 2009
Susan Kang Schroeder
INMATE CHARGED WITH SOLICITING THE MURDER OF EX-GIRLFRIEND WHILE IN CUSTODY FOR FORCIBLY RAPING AND ATTEMPTING TO MURDER HER
NEWPORT BEACH – A jail inmate was charged today with soliciting the murder of his ex-girlfriend and requesting the murder be videotaped so that he could watch it at Christmas. The defendant was in custody for forcibly raping the same victim and then attempting to murder her while out on bail for the rape.
Mark Alan Jarosik, 43, formerly of Ladera Ranch, was charged today with one felony count of solicitation to commit murder and two misdemeanor counts of attempting to disobey a court order. The defendant was previously charged with additional counts on two prior dates in this case. In June 2009, he was charged with one felony count of attempted murder with premeditation and deliberation, one felony count of residential burglary, one felony count of corporal injury of a former cohabitant, one felony count of dissuading a witness, two misdemeanor counts of violating a protective order, and sentencing enhancements for great bodily injury inflicted during domestic violence and crime-bail-crime. The enhancement for “crime-bail-crime” is when a defendant commits a felony while out of custody on bail for another felony. In May 2009, he was charged with two felony counts of forcible rape and one felony count of attempted sodomy by force with a sentencing enhancement allegation for committing a sexual offense in the commission of a burglary.
If convicted on all counts, the defendant now faces a maximum sentence of 63 years and four months to life in state prison. Jarosik is being held without bail and is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on Oct. 30, 2009, in Department H-1, Harbor Justice Center, Newport Beach.
Previously Charged Case
On May 15, 2009, Jarosik went to the Ladera Ranch home of his ex-girlfriend, 41-year-old Jane Doe, with the permission of the victim to use her computer. The defendant and the victim had broken up approximately one month prior after living together and dating for several years. Jane Doe left for dinner with friends and returned at approximately 9:00 p.m. Jarosik is accused of getting into a verbal argument with the victim, who thought the defendant was trying to spy on her by driving past the restaurant where she had been having dinner. The defendant is accused of escalating the verbal argument into a physical attack, forcibly raping and attempting to sodomize the victim.
On May 16, 2009, Jane Doe told a friend about the rape and reported it to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department later that night. The Orange County District Attorney’s Office filed rape charges on May 18, 2009.
On May 19, 2009, Jarosik appeared in court for an arraignment. Bail was set for the defendant at $100,000, the pre-determined bail based on the charges. Jarosik did not enter a plea and a continued arraignment date was set for June 5, 2009, to allow for the Orange County Public Defender’s Office to assign an attorney to represent him. A protective order was issued at that time requiring Jarosik to stay more than 200 yards from Jane Doe at all times and to have no contact with the victim directly or through a third party.