NEWS RELEASENEWS RELEASE

Laura Farinella
Chief of Police
505 Forest Avenue
Laguna Beach, CA 92651


5/22/2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE 19-014
 
Subject :Male Nanny Charged with Four Counts of Child Molestation, Possession of Child Pornography
Contact :Sgt. Jim Cota, Public Information Officer    (949) 464-6671
    jcota@lagunabeachcity.net

SANTA ANA, Calif. – 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.

Matthew Antonio Zakrzewski, 30, of Costa Mesa, was arrested on May 17, 2019 by Laguna Beach Police Department detectives at a local airport after deplaning an international flight.  Zakrzewski is charged with three felony counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a minor under the age of 14, and one felony count of oral copulation of a child under the age of 10. He was also charged with one felony count of possession of child pornography

Zakrzewski has pleaded not guilty. He is currently being held at the Orange County Jail on $1 million bail. He is scheduled to appear at the Harbor Justice Center, Department H1 at 8:30 a.m. on May 31.

In early May 2019, a Laguna Beach couple had reported to Laguna Beach Police that their babysitter, Zakrzewski, had touched their 8-year-old son inappropriately and was concerned for the safety of their son and potentially other children.

The couple had hired Zakrzewski to care for their eight-year-old child through one of his several babysitting websites. 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.

The Laguna Beach Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating any other potential victims. Anyone who has information related to this investigation or any other un-reported incidents involving Zakrzewski is urged to call the Investigations Division line at (949) 715-1300.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Heidi Garrel of the Sexual Assault Unit is prosecuting this case. 

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