Ex-teacher faces more charges of sex abuse

3 girls say he touched them in separate incidents during past 17 months

March 12, 2002|By Johnathon E. Briggs | Johnathon E. Briggs,SUN STAFF

A former teacher at a Catholic elementary school charged with sexual child abuse of a 9-year-old pupil surrendered to city police yesterday to face additional charges of sex offenses involving three other girls.

David A. Czajkowski, 38, of the 3000 block of Bayonne Ave. in Hamilton was charged Friday in court documents with three counts each of child abuse, third-degree and fourth-degree sex offenses and second-degree assault in the latest cases.

Czajkowski arrived at police headquarters about 2:30 p.m. yesterday and was being held last night at Central Booking and Intake Center awaiting a bail review hearing. He previously had been free on $150,000 bail.

Charged last month

The fourth-grade teacher was fired from his position at St. Thomas Aquinas School in Hampden after he was arrested on identical charges last month. He is accused of putting his hand under the shirt of the 9-year-old, a pupil at the school, on Feb. 12.

After interviewing witnesses at the school, detectives interrogated Czajkowski at police headquarters Feb. 28. He acknowledged touching the girl and was arrested, according to a charging document filed in District Court.

The latest charges stem from accusations brought by three girls, ages 10, 12 and 14, who said that Czajkowski touched them in a sexual manner in separate incidents between September 1999 and last month.

Prosecutors said that one of the girls is a former pupil of Czajkowski's at St. Thomas Aquinas and that he was tutor and baby sitter for the others at his home. The girls' families came forward after news reports of the charges against Czajkowski spread and school officials sent home letters to parents.

Interviewing pupils

Adam C. Rosenberg, a prosecutor with the city state's attorney's office, said that about 10 pupils have been interviewed and that authorities expect to interview 15 more by the end of the week.

One of the three girls told police that Czajkowski touched her breast and back on numerous occasions at his house. She also told police that Czajkowski often called her "doll baby" and had walked in on her while she was taking a shower at his home.

"We're continuing to interview kids," Rosenberg said. "Parents are disappointed."

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