A San Francisco man scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday to more than 27 years in prison after pleading no contest to felonies stemming from a 2012 incident in which he allegedly snatched and molested a 9-year-old from a San Mateo elementary school was instead granted a court-appointed lawyer and asked to return to court on Valentine’s Day.
Bradley James Mrozek is reconsidering his plea and sought the help from a court-appointed attorney to determine if he can withdraw his plea, said San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. Mrozek is scheduled to return to San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Craig Parsons’ courtroom on Feb. 14 at 9 a.m. with newly appointed attorney Jonathan McDougall.
On Nov. 27, Mrozek pleaded no contest to one count of kidnapping, two counts of forcibly committing a lewd act on a child under 14 and one count of attempted child pornography. In pleading no contest, Mrozek agreed to a deal that would send him to prison for 27 years and four months, according to Wagstaffe. He would also register as a sex offender for life.
Prosecutors say Mrozek, now 26, walked onto three campuses on Sept. 21, 2012, including San Mateo’s Parkside Elementary School, where he entered a girl’s bathroom and grabbed the young victim, covered her mouth with his hand, and carried her off campus.
The girl was able to fight off her abductor by kicking him and throwing rocks, and she ran back to the school campus and immediately reported the incident.
Police responded and identified Mrozek as a possible suspect in two other incidents that occurred at separate schools earlier the same day, Wagstaffe said.
At Bayside STEM Academy, a San Mateo middle school, Mrozek allegedly trespassed on campus and made contact with as many as four students, making lewd comments to two girls and offering alcohol to two boys, according to prosecutors.
The suspect is also believed to have trespassed at Horrall Elementary School, where he was escorted off campus by an administrator, according to court records.
After Mrozek was arrested on Sept. 22, 2012, investigators connected him to a fourth incident that took place in March 2012 at George Washington Elementary School in Daly City, Wagstaffe said.
In that case, a man went into a girl’s campus bathroom and tried to take pictures of girls using the facilities from another stall, prosecutors said.
The girls heard the camera’s clicking sound and immediately reported it to a teacher.
When the teacher entered the bathroom and ordered the person to come out, a male suspect ran out of the facility, Wagstaffe said. Prosecutors believe Mrozek was the intruder, he said.