REDWOOD CITY -- Prosecutors say a San Francisco man groped a 9-year-old girl in a San Mateo school bathroom and then -- his hand clamped over her mouth -- carried her off the campus Friday.
But the Parkside Elementary student fought off her attacker, and on Tuesday, prosecutors filed felony kidnapping and child molestation charges against a suspect: Bradley Mrozek, 25. During a Tuesday afternoon San Mateo County Superior Court appearance, he didn't enter a plea to the charges. He is being held without bail.
The incident at Parkside was the culmination of a day of disturbing incidents allegedly involving Mrozek. He's also accused of verbally harassing two 12-year-old girls and giving vodka to two boys on the Bayside STEM Academy in San Mateo.
News of the attempted abduction sent ripples of concern through the community and left parents and school officials wondering if current safety measures are enough. It's not clear how theman got onto the Parkside campus.
Prosecutors say the 9-year-old victim left her Parkside classroom to go to the restroom Friday afternoon and noticed a man sitting on a flower planter. As she washed her hands in the restroom, he came up behind her, groped her below the waist and slammed his hand over her mouth, Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti said.
He allegedly carried her off the campus, then set her down and the pair walked two blocks to a house. But after they went through a fence gate she kicked and threw rocks at theman. She managed to get away and ran back to the campus.
Earlier in the day the same man allegedly struck up a conversation with two girl students at STEM Academy and asked one of the teens if she was a virgin. He also offered the girls some vodka. They didn't drink any alcohol, but two boys took sips, prosecutors say.
As the girls left the campus the man allegedly followed them, prompting the girls to run home and report the incident to their parents, who called 911.
Prosecutors also said a man turned up, before going to STEM, at Horrall Elementary School in San Mateo and was kicked off the campus by an administrator who found him suspicious. The administrator, however, asked him to sign the visitor log before he left. The man wrote the name "Brad," prosecutors said.
Mrozek was arrested early Saturday and also faces two misdemeanor counts each of annoying a child and trespassing. Additionally, he's charged with one misdemeanor count of giving alcohol to a minor, Guidotti said.
Prosecutors have not released his photo because they say it could interfere with the ongoing investigation of the case.
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