Orange County District Attorney
Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
For Immediate Release
Susan Kang Schroeder
MAN SENTENCED TODAY FOR BATTERY OF FEMALE CO-WORKER BY TWICE-DEPOSITING HIS SEMEN INTO HER WATER BOTTLE WHILE AT WORK
*Must register as a sex offender for life
SANTA ANA – A man was sentenced and ordered to register as a sex offender for life today for battery of a female co-worker by twice-depositing his semen into her water bottle left on her office desk and causing her to drink it. Michael Kevin Lallana, 32, Fullerton, was convicted Feb. 24, 2011, of two misdemeanor counts of battery. The sentencing enhancement allegations for committing a crime for sexual gratification were found true. Lallana was sentenced to six months in jail and 3 years formal probation. He is out of custody on $500 bail pending appeal. The defendant was issued a stay away order barring any contact with the victim.
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 that 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.
During the sentencing today, the victim gave an impact statement to the court: saying “The acts of Michael Lallana have absolutely impacted me emotionally and physically. The confession of Mr. Lallana caused me to go into depression; I had to seek counseling to find a way to get through this period in my life… The idea that I had Mr. Lallana’s semen in my mouth, without my knowing, against my will, for his sexual pleasure sickens me… I feel that it was a form of rape… Mr. Lallana has stripped me of my ability to trust… I believe Mr. Lallana should be a registered sex offender.”
Deputy District Attorney Brock Zimmon of the Special Prosecutions Unit prosecuted this case.