Brandon Christopher Marriott, Tap Dance Instructor, Accused of Tapping 15-Year-Old Student

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Brandon Christopher Marriott was a tap dance instructor at Focus Dance Center in Irvine. But, according to police and prosecutors, he saved his best moves for inside his car. That's where the 21-year-old from Westminster allegedly fingered and orally copulated a 15-year-old dance student he'd "groomed" by telling her she was beautiful. He's now looking for up to five years in state prison if convicted of the felony charges filed against him. Meanwhile, the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) and Costa Mesa Police Department are putting out the call for other possible victims.

The OCDA says the sexual assaults took place between July and August. One of the trysts in the car took place when Marriott took the then-15-year-old to the movies, prosecutors say. The case against him began after the girl's parents found text messages from the dance instructor saying he wanted to have sex with her, according to the complaint. The parents contacted Costa Mesa police, who arrested Marriott Friday.

He now faces two felony counts of sexual penetration of a minor under 16, one felony count of oral copulation of a minor under 16, and one felony count of contacting a minor with the intent to commit a sexual offense.

Anyone who believes Marriott assaulted them or has additional information that can help the investigation is asked to contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Lou Gutierrez at 714.347.8794, Costa Mesa Police Detective Mike Manson at 714.754.5360 or Costa Mesa Police Sergeant Ed Everett at 714.754.5395.
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STRONG ARM
STRONG ARM

IS A 15 YR OLD REALLY THAT WORTH IT ? SHE BETTER BE SMOKIN.... SOMETIMES ITS BETTER TO BE GAY IN A SITUATION LIKE THIS ESPECIALLY WHEN TEACHING TAP DANCE BROSKI...........

justsayin
justsayin

it wasnt his girlfriend she wasnt 15 and her parents allowed her to leave the house with him so shame on them as well dont put all the blame on him. Her Parents should have actually acted like "parents" to begin with if they were so bothered by it why did they allow her to leave the houe with him. not saying hes so innocent but dont just point the finger one way. Her parents should be arrested to for neglagence and putting their child in harms way if thats the case. they just didnt lke the people talking negativly about their child so they went and took drastic measures. they need to be punished too. remember they were aware and allowed their child to leave with him

Adopteekjt
Adopteekjt

This was is girlfriend!!!! ...her parent knew his age and approved. It was wrong for them to be dating, but this is not some deviant, preying on young girls!

Observer
Observer

Read the article again; she was 15.  That's why there are the charges of "*** of a minor under 16".  He is 21.  She was likely a freshman in high school, dating a sophomore in college.  This looks like an instance of a teacher, acting under color of authority, in a position of responsibility, who abused that authority, and no matter what, cleary deserves to be investigated thoroughly. 

gue22litm
gue22litm

Girlfriend or not, parents' approval or not, he's a 21-year old man and has probably known since he was in high school that it's a crime to do what he was doing.  He should have used his better judgment and just said no, rather than thinking via his penis. Whether he's a deviant preying on young girls is also irrelevant. The laws aren't grey for good people. They are black and white, and if you commit a crime you need to pay for it whether you're a good person or not. You should also stay silent; saying it was his girlfriend does not help his case. You've just confirmed what the newspapers are saying.  Of course it was wrong for them to be dating. DUH!!!  He's 21 and she's 15.  You're obviously one of his students or a friend. You'd be singing a totally different tune if it were your parent.

justsayin
justsayin

again it was an article...I've done my research on this case and this is just what the media is saying  my undertanding is she was 16 going on 17...you sound like an idiot believing what you read and what you hear.. civil and criminal cases can be publicly viewed in orange county bet you didnt know that..you just sound ignorant

justsayin
justsayin

I'd like to remind everyone how age was never an issue before...most of our grandparents or parent even im sure were married and pregnant by the time they were 16 and were marrying people 5 to 10 year older...just because one dumb person took it too far along time ago it label anyone who is dating someone younger as pedofile.

mitch young
mitch young

He's well within the 'half your age plus seven' rule

Observer
Observer

Multiple articles in multiple news sources indicate that the victim was 15 at the time of the incident.  In your favor, the charges at OCCourts.com do list "under 18 years"...  but it matters not.  The counts against him are simple. He did lurid sex acts with a an underage girl.  Check the law.  It's clear.  That's why he was arrested and put in jail.  The counts against him detail the acts of a sexual predator.  Only thing that we're missing here is Chris Matthews from Dateline NBC. 

1007/16/2011289(h) PCFSexual penetration by foreign object; victim under 18NOT GUILTY10/18/2011

2008/26/2011288a(b)(1) PCFOral copulation of person under 18 yearsNOT GUILTY10/18/2011

3008/26/2011289(h) PCFSexual penetration by foreign object; victim under 18NOT GUILTY10/18/2011

4007/16/2011288.3(a) PCFLuring of a child with intent to commt specified crimeNOT GUILTY10/18/2011

Observer
Observer

No Mitch, at 'half your age plus seven rule', she would have to be 17 1/2... 

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