Matthew Antonio Zakrzewski, 30, of Costa Mesa has been charged with four felony counts of molesting two boys under his care while working as their nanny, as well as an additional felony count of possessing child pornography, the Orange County DA’s office announced today. Detectives with the Laguna Beach PD arrested Zakrzewski on May 17 shortly after he arrived from an international flight.
“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,” according to a statement from the OCDA. “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.”
Laguna Beach PD is also asking the public if there are other potential victims in this matter, and anyone with information is asked to call the Investigations Division line at (949) 715-1300.
Zakrzewski pleaded not guilty, and is currently being held on $1 million bail.
Anthony Pignataro has been a journalist since 1996. He spent a dozen years as Editor of MauiTime, the last alt weekly in Hawaii. He also wrote three trashy novels about Maui, which were published by Event Horizon Press. But he got his start at OC Weekly, and returned to the paper in 2019 as a Staff Writer.