Orange County District Attorney
Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
For Immediate Release
Susan Kang Schroeder
MAN FACES TRIAL FOR TWICE DEPOSITING
HIS SEMEN INTO FEMALE CO-WORKER’S
WATER BOTTLE WHILE AT WORK
SANTA ANA – A man faces trial Tuesday for twice depositing his semen into a female co-worker’s water bottle left on her office desk. Michael Kevin Lallana, 32, Fullerton, is charged with two misdemeanor counts each of battery and assault with sentencing allegations for committing a crime for sexual gratification. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of one year in jail and sex offender registration. Opening statements are expected to begin Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-56, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
In 2005, Lallana is accused of meeting a co-worker, Jane Doe, while working at Northwestern Mutual Financial Network in Newport Beach. On Jan. 14, 2010, Lallana is accused of battering and assaulting Jane Doe by depositing his semen into a water bottle that was on her desk. The defendant is accused of leaving the semen-filled water bottle on the victim’s desk knowing she would drink the water unknowingly and for his sexual gratification. 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 is accused of battering and assaulting Jane Doe by depositing his semen into a water bottle that the victim left on her desk. The defendant is accused of leaving the contaminated bottle on Jane Doe’s desk knowing she would drink the water unknowingly and for his sexual gratification. The victim later returned to her office and drank from the semen-filled water bottle. She recognized the taste in the water and sent it to a private lab to be tested.
In June 2010, Jane Doe was contacted by the private lab 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 the OPD led to the defendant’s arrest at his Fullerton home. He was later linked to the crime through DNA tested at the Orange County Crime Lab.
Deputy District Attorney Brock Zimmon of the Special Prosecutions Unit is prosecuting this case.