Grim DNA results add to San Mateo kidnap case

Mike Koozmin/The S.F. ExaminerSchool incident: A girl allegedly abducted at Parkside Elementary in San Mateo last month eventually fled her attacker. A suspect in the incident is now facing sex assault charges.

DNA results have led to a more disturbing charge against a San Francisco man in connection with the alleged abduction of a 9-year-old from the bathroom of a San Mateo elementary school last month.

On Wednesday, a San Mateo County judge granted the prosecution’s request to amend one of their 18 charges against Bradley Mrozek from “lewd act with a child” to “sexual penetration of a child.” That charge, along with a kidnapping count, has Mrozek potentially facing two life terms in prison.

The 25-year-old — who also is accused of trespassing at two other San Mateo schools on the same day, along with a March incident in which girls at a Daly City elementary school were photographed while using a bathroom — has pleaded not guilty to 18 counts and remains in custody on no-bail status. His attorney, Dek Ketchum, could not be reached for comment Thursday.

The abduction occurred Sept. 21, police said. At Parkside Elementary, he allegedly snatched a girl from a bathroom, covering her mouth with his hand and carrying her across the street. The girl broke free after kicking him and hurling rocks at him, police said. Mrozek was arrested after the girl ran back to school and reported the incident.

Earlier that day, police said, Mrozek also walked into Bayside STEM Academy, a middle school, and offered alcohol to male students and made lewd comments to female students. Again that day, he allegedly trespassed at Horrall Elementary and was escorted off campus by an administrator.

Before he could go to trial, police investigators connected Mrozek to a March 16 incident at George Washington Elementary School in Daly City. On that date, prosecutors said, a suspect hid in a bathroom stall and attempted to snap pictures of four 9-year-old girls who were using the facilities. The girls said they heard the sound of a camera clicking and reported it to a teacher, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said Thursday, but the suspect fled before police arrived.

Mrozek’s next court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 7 to set a preliminary hearing date, Wagstaffe said.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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