A notice from the district attorney’s office states that a self-described “manny” who worked as a male nanny for Southern Californian families would be incarcerated for the remainder of his life for sexually abusing 16 boys under his supervision.
Costa Mesa resident Matthew Antonio Zakrzewski, 34, was sentenced on Friday to 705 years to life plus two years and eight months for exposing pornography to a young boy he planned to rape.
Many of these sexual attacks were captured on camera by Zakrzewski, according to the district attorney’s office. The boys were between the ages of two and twelve. The offences took place in the years 2014–2019.
On May 17, 2019, as Zakrzewski disembarked from an international trip, Laguna Beach police took him into custody at a nearby airport.
Following the filing of criminal charges, officials launched a public search for more possible victims. The public’s tips and video footage assisted detectives in finding more victims and charging Zakrzewski with more crimes.
On the website that bore his name, which he co-founded, Zakrzewski referred to himself as “the original Sitter Buddy”. The internet made it possible for Orange County parents to find potential carers. Zakrzewski described himself as a “manny” who provided babysitting services both overnight and on vacation, as well as mentorships and big brother relationships.
Additionally, he mentioned that he had experience working with kids who had behavioural issues and special needs.
“At a very early age, I discovered what a joy it was to work with children and be a positive impact in their lives through the ‘Buddy Program’ at my middle school,” read his profile, which has since been taken down from the site. “Now, I’m a career manny and my 6+ years childcare experience spans from ages 3 months to 14, including special needs… I think the reason I connect easily with kids is because I am not just there to supervise, I participate.”
Zakrzewski was found guilty by a jury of 34 offences.
“This is a case of shattered innocence and precious childhoods that were robbed from 17 little boys. These children will never know the people they were truly intended to be – because their childhoods were suddenly and inexplicably interrupted not by a wolf at the door, but by a predator masquerading as a godsend,” Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said in a statement.