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

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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