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California Male Nanny Sentenced To 707 Years In Prison

By CM Chaney · November 20, 2023

In brief…

  • Male nanny sentenced to over 700 years for assaults on 16 boys
  • Initially charged for abusing 8-year-old, investigation uncovered more victims
  • Parents outraged over deception used to access kids
  • No apologies from nanny, insists 'good times' were real
  • DA condemns lifelong trauma inflicted through exploitation
A male nanny in California was sentenced to over 700 years in prison after being found guilty of dozens of sexual assault and child pornography charges related to abusing 16 young boys under his care.  Bob Jagendorf / Wikimedia

A male nanny in California has been sentenced to over 700 years in prison for sexually assaulting 16 boys under his care, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office announced Friday.

Matthew Antonio Zakrzewski, 34, was found guilty of dozens of felony charges related to sexually assaulting boys between 2 and 12 years old over a five year period from 2014 to 2019. Many of the assaults took place in Southern California and were filmed by Zakrzewski.

Initially arrested in May 2019, Zakrzewski was charged with lewd acts against a minor under 14, oral copulation of a child under 10, and possession of child pornography. The charges stemmed from a report by a couple that Zakrzewski had inappropriately touched their 8-year-old son. He was apprehended at a local airport while trying to board an international flight.

As the investigation continued, more victims were identified through video evidence and public tips. Zakrzewski had marketed himself as a babysitter and “manny” through his website “The Original Sitter Buddy,” offering services like mentoring, overnight care, and vacation babysitting.

Ultimately, Zakrzewski was convicted on 34 felony counts related to child molestation, oral copulation, and pornography. He was sentenced to 705 years to life plus over two additional years in prison.

During emotional victim impact statements, parents expressed outrage and heartbreak over the deception used by Zakrzewski to access their children. The mother of one victim said her young son would never become the person he was meant to be after enduring the trauma of sexual assault.

Zakrzewski offered no apologies, insisting the “good times” with the children were genuine. District Attorney Todd Spitzer condemned Zakrzewski’s manipulations to exploit children, saying the boys now bear a lifetime of trauma from his “horrific and calculated” crimes.