A man pleaded not guilty yesterday to allegedly molesting and snatching a 9-year-old girl from a San Mateo school and trying to photograph four young female students using the bathroom on a Daly City campus.
Before Bradley Mrozek, 25, entered his plea, prosecutors first changed a molestation charge to one alleging he committed a sexual act with a child under age 10.
"The basis of the change is we now have some DNA evidence to charge an act rather than just molesting,” said District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.
Mrozek is also charged with kidnapping, assault and trespassing on school grounds in the original case plus 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 in the Daly City incident. He also faces charges of child annoyance and offering alcohol to a minor for allegedly harassing four preteens the same day prosecutors say he took the girl from Parkside Elementary School in San Mateo.
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 is also accused of offering 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. Both schools are in San Mateo.
After reading of Mrozek’s arrest, an official at George Washington Elementary School in Daly City contacted authorities about a March incident in which four 9-year-old girls reported seeing a flash from under the bathroom stall as they used the facilities. The girls fetched a teacher who tried forcing the man from the stall. He finally ran from the bathroom and fled.
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.
Mrozek has no similar criminal history and remains in custody without bail.
He returns to court Nov. 7 to set a preliminary hearing date.
Defense attorney Dek Ketchum did not return a call for comment.
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