SANTA ANA, California – A Filipino American accused of ejaculating into a female co-worker’s water bottle pleaded not guilty to all charges against him in a court appearance Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila).
Michael Kevin Lallana, 31, arrived at the Santa Ana Central Justice Center with his lawyer, Eduardo Madrid.
Lallana refused to comment on the case. Police arrested him last month for allegedly ejaculating into the victim’s water bottle at work on two separate occasions.
The victim, a co-worker, said she felt sick after drinking from the water bottle. Lab tests later confirmed that the water bottle contained semen.
Both parties would not confirm if there was an existing or previous relationship, nor if there were past incidences of harassment.
Lallana, who is a married man, now faces six misdemeanor charges, which include depositing offensive substances and assault. The victim who was at the arraignment refuses to reveal her name to the public.
Celebrity defense lawyer Gloria Allred, who represents the victim, said the victim is still traumatized.
“While the victim in this case is horrified and disgusted and emotionally traumatized by what she was forced to suffer by the perpetrator of the crimes against her, she is nevertheless, willing to cooperate and be a witness in this case if it is necessary to do so,” Allred told reporters after the arraignment.
The judge also issued a restraining order that barred Lallana from coming within 100 yards of the victim or her property. The 31-year-old was immediately fired from his job as a Field Director for Northwestern Mutual Mortgage.
Lallana’s pretrial is scheduled for October 14 and a jury trial is set for November 9. If convicted, he can face as much as 3 years of prison and must register as a sex offender.