|For Immediate Release
Case # 10CM06148
February 24, 2011
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
MAN CONVICTED OF HARMING FEMALE CO-WORKER
BY TWICE-DEPOSITING HIS SEMEN INTO HER
WATER BOTTLE WHILE AT WORK
SANTA ANA – A man was convicted today of harming a female co-worker by twice-depositing his semen into her water bottle left on her office desk. Michael Kevin Lallana, 32, Fullerton, was found guilty by a jury of two misdemeanor counts of battery with sentencing enhancement allegations for committing a crime for sexual gratification. He faces a maximum sentence of one year in jail and sex offender registration at his sentencing April 22, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-56, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
In 2005, Lallana met a co-worker, Jane Doe, while working at Northwestern Mutual Financial Network in Newport Beach. On Jan. 14, 2010, Lallana battered Jane Doe by depositing his semen into a water bottle that was on her desk. For his sexual gratification, the defendant left the semen-filled water bottle on the unsuspecting victim’s desk knowing she would drink the water. Upon returning to her office, Jane Doe drank the contaminated water unaware of the bottle’s contents. She threw the bottle away after tasting the contents and realizing the water was contaminated.
Approximately three months later, Jane Doe and other employees, including the defendant, were transferred to the Northwestern Mutual Financial Network’s Orange branch. On April 6, 2010, Lallana again battered Jane Doe by depositing his semen into a water bottle that the victim left on her desk. For his sexual gratification, the defendant left the semen-filled water bottle on the unsuspecting victim’s desk knowing she would drink the water. The victim later returned to her office and drank from the semen-filled water bottle. She was suspicious of the taste in the water and sent it to a private laboratory to be tested.
In June 2010, Jane Doe was contacted by the private laboratory, who confirmed that the water bottle contained semen. The victim reported the incidents to the Orange Police Department (OPD). In early July, a subsequent investigation by OPD led to Lallana’s arrest at his Fullerton home. The defendant’s DNA was later tested at the Orange County Crime Laboratory and matched to the semen in the water bottle.
Deputy District Attorney Brock Zimmon of the Special Prosecutions Unit is prosecuting this case.