Waukesha man accused of using Facebook to lure 13-year-olds into sex


by Lane Kimble

A quiet Waukesha neighborhood is stunned by child sexual assault charges.  Police say 22-year-old Zachary Hudzinksi had sex with two 13-year-old girls several times.  On one occasion, it happened on a slide at Phoenix Heights Park.  Danielle Zich lives just up the street.

"I wouldn't imagine anything like that would happen around here especially at that park where kids play," Zich said.

But it doesn't end there.  Police say Hudzinski also had sex with and got oral sex from a different 13-year-old girl several times.  That happened in his nearby home on Josephine Street.  The complaint says they smoked pot together and drank alcohol.

"The suspect targeted victims by friending them on Facebook," Waukesha Police Sergeant Jerry Habanek said.

Habanek told CBS-58 Hudzinski wasn't even on their radar until this case.  But it's not the first time he's seen a suspect use social media to pray on victims.

"It's not only Facebook, it's Twitter, it's email, it's websites, it's gaming websites," Habanek said. "Most people buy their kids Xboxes and Wii's, never imagining there could be someone else targeting their kids on the other end."

That's why Danielle made sure to monitor her teenage son's internet activity until he got older.

"He knows what to do and what not to do," Zich said.  "And I hope what I taught him rubs off on him, so I think he's going to do and does really well at that stuff."

Police hope more parents giving some tough love will help prevent these things from happening.

"Don't give them as much freedom as you have been," Habanek said.  "Watch their passwords, watch over their back, kind of keep an eye on them.  Do your parenting."

Waukesha Police say they're glad they caught Hudzinski when they did.  He apparently was in the process of grooming another victim via Facebook for the same kind of crimes.  If convicted he faces more than 160 years combined in prison.


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