Photo: Matthew Antonio Zakrzewski
SANTA ANA – Earlier this month, Laguna Police Department Detectives waited for a child pronography suspect to deplane from Spain, and immediately took him into custody. He reportedly had evidence of child pornography on his cell phone.
The 30-year-old male nanny, Matthew Antonio Zakrzewski of Costa Mesa had a cringeworthy history. With a social media monker of “themanny,” Zakrzewski had apparently taken liberties with his tender aged clientelle.
Laguna Beach Police were contacted in early May by a local couple who needed to report that their 8-year-old son had been inappropriately touched. Zakrzewski, hired through one of his several babysitting websites, gave them cause to worry about the safety of their son and potentially others.
“The Laguna Beach Police Department’s Major Crimes & Intelligence Unit immediately opened an investigation, which led to the identification of a second seven-year-old victim in the City of Los Angeles,” posted both the PD and Orange County District Attorney social media pages.
They further alerted, “A man who served as a male nanny for families across Southern California faces four felony child molestation charges for victimizing two young boys under his care. He is also charged with one felony count of possessing child pornography.”\
At this point, three felony counts of lewd and lascivious acts (minor under age 14), one felony count of oral copulation (minor under age 10), and one felony county of possession of child pornography could be one of many reveals.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Heidi Garrel of the Sexual Assault Unit is prosecuting this case. 90-years-to-life in prison is looming for “themanny.”
While Zakrzewski pleaded not guilty, and is safely being held at Orange County Jail on $1 million bail, the task force is hard at work. Since the original postings, investigators have reportedly dug into approximately 40 other potential-victim cases, and are asking for the public’s help.
Laguna PD urges anyone to provide any information or incidents that could help in locating other potential victims. You are asked to call the Investigations Division line at (949) 715-1300.