OC Dance Instructor Sentenced For Secretly Taping, Molesting Teens

SANTA ANA, Calif. (CBS) — An Aliso Viejo dance instructor has been sentenced to two years and eight months in prison for secretly taping five girls and having sex with a 16-year-old.

KNX 1070’s Mike Landa Reports

Jason Marian, 32, could be out of prison in five months because of credit for time served.

Marian apologized to the victims and their families at his sentencing. He said his attorneys instructed him against doing so earlier.

“I wanted to do nothing more than apologize from day one,” Marian said. “I am truly, truly sorry for any pain I caused you… I know I hurt them, I hurt my family. The poor judgment I made was purely a selfish act.”

One of the girls who was videotaped in Marian’s bathroom, told the judge, “As a seventh-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.”

“No one saw it coming,” the girl’s mother told the judge. Then, turning to Marian, she added, “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,” she added.

Prosecutors claim that in 2007, Marian used a hidden bathroom camera to tape five dance students, ages 12 to 14, as they changed clothes after a pool party at his home.

Prosecutors also say Marian had sexual relations with a 16-year-old girl in 2005 and 2006.

  • duh

    Not an appropriate sentence. He’s spent all of his ‘time served’ in County, which is a FAR CRY from prison. He not only manipulated his victims and their families, he manipulated the justice system. Sickening.

    After this stunning victory, he is SURE to repeat again. This makes me very sad for the next victims, who don’t even know they’re going to be victims yet…

  • Kylowna Moton

    Why do people think they can automatically trust someone because he is married??Anybody can get married; it doesn’t mean they are clean, pure, or honest.

  • Jena Minnick-Harry

    We at Mission Viejo Dance & Performing Arts Center are relieved that justice has finally been served in this matter. We at MVDPAC do not tolerate any behavior or activity that would victimize or jeopardize our students or families. We are a family organization and foster a wholesale family atmosphere. All employees of MVDPAC are routinely background checked to ensure these standards are not compromised. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the students and families affected by this obviously sickened individual. We ask the media to please exercise sensitivity to the students and families who wish to move on from this unfortunate event.

    Jena Minnick, Director

  • uncle cracker

    Close the borders…we cant keep all these immigrants coming in here to molest our children…

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