Soldier charged with molesting young children

CRESTVIEW — A 33-year-old soldier with the Army’s 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) has been charged with sexual battery and child abuse.

William Thomas Mrozek was arrested April 17 by the Crestview Police Department.
One of his victims was 11 and the other was 7, according to his arrest report.

The first victim told investigators with the U.S. Army that he performed multiple sexual acts on her with his “man parts.” She said was “freaking out” and tried to get away. Mrozek told her not to scream and held a hand over the child’s mouth, the report said.

The incidents happened multiple times and on one occasion, she said she tried to escape but he locked the door and took off all of her clothes. Each time, he warned her not to tell anyone.

The second child told Army investigators that he touched her all over her body and penetrated her. She also said he touched her “impolitely,” according to his arrest report.
A relative of at least one of the children reported the alleged abuse after one of the victims described the acts in graphic terms.

In a recorded call between Mrozek and the relative, he said he didn’t remember doing anything like what the children were describing and that it wasn’t something he would do. He added that he didn’t think the child would lie about something like that and allowed that the account was “super descriptive and I am sorry,” the report said.

He also said that what the girls were saying shouldn’t be ignored, nor should it be assumed they were lying. Mrozek offered to apologize to at least one of the victims, though continued to claim he did not remember doing the things she was describing.

The alleged offenses happened at a home in Crestview.

Officials with the Eglin Air Force Base-headquartered 7th Group referred questions to Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Lt. Col Robert Bockholt, a Special Operations Command spokesman, offered only limited comment, noting that the command cannot provide any “personally identifiable information” about its troops. Bockholt would not comment on Mrozek’s duties with the 7th Group, nor would he say whether Mrozek had any prior criminal arrests.

Bockholt also did not comment on the status of any Army investigation into the charges against Mrozek.

This is the second time in a week that a soldier from the compound south of Crestview has been charged with a serious crime. On Sunday night, 32-year-old Derek McKinney was arrested on a murder charge after allegedly shooting and killing his wife, Natasha McKinney.