Santa Clara County prosecutors charged a prominent Silicon Valley lawyer Thursday with having sex with a 16-year-old girl he met in an Internet chat room and propositioning her underage friend with graphic e-mails.
Jason D. Borrevik, 32, of Sunnyvale, was charged with one count of having sex with a minor and two felony counts of distributing harmful matter over the Internet, according to court documents.
The married father allegedly had sex six or seven times during more than a year with a 16-year-old Milpitas girl at her home and at Palo Alto’s Townhouse Inn. Borrevik checked into hotels 50 times in the past four years and rarely stayed longer than a half an hour, according to court documents.
“Here’s an adult who has money, status, education, experience, with a child who has none of those things and who isn’t equipped to deal with unwanted advances,” said Santa Clara County prosecutor Chuck Gillingham. “This is disconcerting at best.”
Borrevik, who received his law degree from the University of California-Berkeley after earning an economics degree at the University of Oregon, has been put on administrative leave from his job at the firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. The firm, where Borrevik works as an expert in stock options and other executive pay perks, represents high-end clients such as Apple Computer and Hewlett-Packard.
Borrevik’s lawyer, John Williams, declined to comment on the case when reached by phone Thursday. Borrevik did not return calls.
According to a search warrant filed with the court, a 17-year-old friend of the girl’s said she was propositioned by Borrevik in an online chat. The older girl, who lives in Sonoma, told police that he offered to pay the younger girl $300 to arrange the illicit encounter.
Borrevik allegedly e-mailed the 17-year-old graphic photographs. But the 17-year-old, instead of meeting with the man, reported the incident to Milpitas police Aug. 12. In a sting operation, Palo Alto police detective Natasha Powers borrowed the 17-year-old’s AOL Instant Messenger handle, and Borrevik allegedly admitted he had had sex with the younger girl.
The younger girl also said Borrevik offered her $140 to $200 each time they had sex. Palo Alto police said they collected reams of computer files and equipment from Borrevik’s offices and Sunnyvale home.
According to police reports, Borrevik told investigators he was not aware that the girls were underage and that one had said she had a college-aged boyfriend.
In a tense phone conversation with his wife, Alexis, from the police station after his arrest, Borrevik admitted his infidelity, records show. Alexis Borrevik angrily asked whether that was why an unknown girl had called the house claiming he had harassed her. According to a summary of the conversation written by police, Jason Borrevik repeatedly said the girl had tried to blackmail him.
Borrevik, who is not in custody, faces more than four years in prison and must register as a sex offender if convicted.
He is scheduled to be arraigned in Santa Clara County Superior Court next Friday.