Ex-Catholic school teacher indicted again

More charges surface of sexually abusing pupils

May 15, 2002|By Johnathon E. Briggs | Johnathon E. Briggs,SUN STAFF

A teacher fired from a Baltimore Catholic elementary school, after his arrest and indictment on nine counts of sexual child abuse in incidents involving four pupils, surrendered to authorities yesterday after being indicted a second time on additional charges involving seven more pupils.

David A. Czajkowski, 38, arrived at the city's Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Courthouse with his lawyer, Steven A. Allen, about 2 p.m. to surrender to police. He was awaiting a bail hearing last night at Central Booking and Intake Center.

A city grand jury handed up the latest indictment against Czajkowski, of the 3000 block of Bayonne Ave. in Hamilton, late last month. It includes seven counts of sexual child abuse and one count of third-degree sex offense, stemming from accusations brought by seven girls at St. Thomas Aquinas School in Hampden, where he taught fourth grade.

Prosecutors said the seven girls were Czajkowski's pupils, and accused their former teacher of touching them in a sexual manner within the past year and half. In many of the incidents, prosecutors said, Czajkowski would write high on the blackboard, and when they approached the board, he often picked them up from behind, grabbing their chests as he held them up.

Adam C. Rosenberg, a prosecutor with the city state's attorney's office, said the girls' families came forward after school officials sent home letters to parents about Czajkowski's arrest Feb. 28. Between 30 and 50 pupils have been interviewed since February, Rosenberg said.

Czajkowski was fired March 4 from his position at St. Thomas Aquinas. In the initial arrest, he was charged with child abuse, third- and fourth-degree sex offenses and second-degree assault stemming from the alleged abuse of a 9-year-old Feb. 12. Czajkowski is accused of putting his hand under the girl's shirt, rubbing her back and touching her chest.

After interviewing witnesses at St. Thomas Aquinas, detectives questioned Czajkowski at police headquarters and he acknowledged touching the girl, according to a charging document filed in District Court.

Four days after his firing, Czajkowski was charged by police with identical sex offenses stemming from accusations brought by three girls, ages 10, 12 and 14, who said he touched them in a sexual manner in separate incidents since September 1999. Those cases were included in the earlier indictment.

Prosecutors said one of the girls is a former pupil of Czajkowski's at St. Thomas Aquinas, and he was a tutor and baby sitter for the others at his home.

He worked at the school from September 2000 until Feb. 19, when he was suspended.

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