Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Mission Viejo dance instructor guilty of unlawful sexual relationship with minor

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Mission Viejo, CA  - Jason Alan Marian, 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, according to the Orange County District Attorney's (OCDA) office.

Marian, 32, Mission Viejo, was found guilty by a jury April 30, 2010, of nine  felony counts including  one felony count of possession and control of child pornography, and one misdemeanor count of secretly filming another with the intent to arouse.

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  with Jane Doe in his Mission Viejo home.

During the sentencing today, one of the victims who was unknowingly videotaped by Marian in his bathroom gave a victim impact statement to the court and said, "As a 7th grader at 13 years old, I had discovered firsthand what betrayal really was. For the past four years this has always been in the back of my mind. The impact of all that has gone on is indescribable. I have been waiting for this to finally be over and now that it is, I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders."

The mother of this victim also addressed the court and said of the defendant, "No one saw it coming. You are the most dangerous of predators because you so carefully manipulated your way into the dance studio and into the families of the victims pretending to be something that you were not. You painted a masterful picture of yourself - someone who was married, someone who befriended many of the families, and someone who had just become a father. On the outside you looked safe.  On the inside, you are a sick man."  

Senior Deputy District Attorney Tony Ferrentino prosecuted this case.

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