The man facing kidnapping and molestation charges after allegedly snatching a 9-year-old girl from a San Mateo school campus has been linked to an unsolved incident at a Daly City elementary school in which four girls say a man tried photographing them from underneath bathroom stalls.
In March, six months before 25-year-old Bradley Mrozek was arrested for allegedly grabbing a Parkview Elementary School student inside the girls’ bathroom, authorities believe he holed up inside a stall at George Washington Elementary School in Daly City and tried photographing young girls as they used the facilities. On March 16, the girls reported seeing a flash and fetched a teacher who tried forcing the man from the stall. He finally ran from the bathroom and fled. The case remained unsolved until the school principal read of Mrozek’s arrest in several bizarre on-campus incidents and told police they might want to investigate the earlier case, too.
The teacher picked Mrozek out of a photo lineup and a second witness also supports the identification, said District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.
His photo has not been released publicly although Wagstaffe said it may be in coming weeks to see if there are other cases that come forward.
"If you have March and you have September, don’t you think conceivably he could have done something in the middle?” Wagstaffe said.
On Tuesday, prosecutors added 10 charges to his case including felony charges of burglary and attempted possession of child pornography and four misdemeanor counts each of child annoyance and disorderly conduct involving loitering at a rest room. Mrozek was in court on the previously filed charges of kidnapping, assault, molestation, trespassing on school grounds, child annoyance and offering alcohol to a minor.
He put off a plea until Oct. 10 while he attempts to retain defense attorney Dek Ketchum.
Ketchum declined comment until after he is officially attached to the case.
Mrozek was arrested a day after police say Mrozek approached the girl at Parkside Elementary School, offered vodka to two 12-year-old boys and verbally harassed two girls at Bayside STEM Academy and was escorted off the Horrall Elementary School campus by a suspicious administrator.
In the most serious case, prosecutors say Mrozek groped the girl and covered her mouth with his hand before carting her off campus just before 2:45 p.m. Sept. 21. A short distance away, the girl escaped by kicking her attacker and running back to the school where she reported the incident, according to San Mateo police.
Mrozek has no similar criminal history but Wagstaffe said there may be some other circumstances in play.
"I wouldn’t be surprised if there was some mental health component but right now there is nothing beyond the fact he is motivated by a perverse sexual interest,” he said.
He remains in custody without bail.
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