A male nanny from California has been sentenced to more than 707 years in prison for molesting 16 young boys and filming many of the sexual assaults on children. The convicted pedophile also showed pornography to a 17th boy.
Matthew Antonio Zakrzewski was reportedly convicted of 34 felonies, including lewd and lascivious acts with a minor under the age of 14, oral copulation of a child under the age of 10, possession of child pornography, using a minor for sex acts, distributing pornography to a minor for the purpose of engaging in sexual conduct, and attempted lewd or lascivious act with a minor under the age of 14.
On Friday, Zakrzewski was sentenced to 707 years and eight months in prison for his crimes by an Orange County judge.
Zakrzewski’s victims were between the ages of 2 and 12 years old and under his care when the sexual abuse took place, according to authorities.
Zakrzewski was a so-called “manny,” or male nanny. On his “Sitter Buddy” website, he offered nanny services to families – including overnight and vacation babysitting services, mentorships, and big brother relationships, according to authorities.
However, Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer described Zakrzewski as a “monster disguised by smiles and giggles,” who used his trusted position to access young boys sexually.
Deputy District Attorney Juliet Oliver said the babysitter used games to “normalize” the sexual abuse of children.
The judge said of the videos Zakrzewski filmed of child sex abuse, “We watched you turn molestation into a game at reading time, bath time, a swim opportunity, and of course bedtime.”
The Daily Mail reported, “In one of the videos, a victim was seen lying on him nude as the defendant ‘caressed’ him, according to prosecutors. In another he was shown touching himself with a boy in his lap, while a third video showed him playing a game called ‘rocket ship.'”
A mother of a 3-year-old victim said the 34-year-old manny taught her son how to keep the molestation secret.
Other parents called the pedophile a “predator” who had “stolen their children’s souls.”
In court, Zakrzewski told the parents of his victims that he enjoyed “bringing smiles to your children, and all the good times we shared were 100% genuine.” The weeping parents reportedly covered their ears in disgust.
A parent said they hoped Zakrzewski’s time in prison is “the stuff of nightmares.”
Prosecutors said the first allegation of child sexual abuse by Zakrzewski was revealed in 2019, when a couple accused him of touching their 8-year-old son inappropriately.
The damning accusations sparked a police investigation, which uncovered 11 other victims in Southern California dating back to 2014.
The male nanny was arrested in 2019 at an airport after he returned from an international flight.
Spitzer declared, “He had no interest in protecting these children; his only interest was in preying on their innocence and filming the assaults for his sick sexual gratification.”
“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,” Spitzer said.
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