Heather Matuszek Biography
Heather Matuszek, 32, was arrested Wednesday on two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation of the young member of the Clearwater Community Church, near Tampa Bay.
Matuszek is accused of inappropriately touching the teenager on two occasions between August 2014 and April 2015.
At the time, Matuszek was aged 28, and the girl was 15.
A Chick-fil-A hand-picked owner-operator, Heather Matuszek, 28 & working as girl’s church youth group leader arrested after admitting she repeatedly molested an underage girl, 15. Charges for more incidents to follow. https://t.co/dZ51FRu3x9
— no one (@Resist4Justice) June 14, 2019
The alleged victim told authorities that Matuszek twice spent the night in her bed.
She says that the youth leader kissed her face and rubbed her arms and breasts over her clothing, according to a report from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
Matuszek Accused of Touching Molestation Girl
The victim, who was a 15-year-old member of the Clearwater Community Church, said that the incidents occurred between August 2014 and April 2015, when Matuszek was 28 and served as a youth leader at the church.
The victim, now 19, told police that Matuszek twice spent the night in her bed and touched her inappropriately both times, The Tampa Bay Times reported.
The victim said that Matuszek kissed her face and rubbed her arms, body, and breasts over her clothes, Fox 13 reported.
The victim’s name has not been released.
Matuszek no longer attends the church, deputies told the outlet.
Matuszek May Face More Charges
Detectives told the Tampa Bay Times that the victim alleged more incidents that took place outside of the county.
The allegations outside Pinellas county are being investigated by other law enforcement agencies.
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s office believes that Matuszek may have more victims.
Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s Crimes Against Children Unit at (727) 582-6006.
Matuszek operates a Chick-fil-A franchise at Westfield Countryside mall, according to her LinkedIn profile.
— Steven Hudson (@itsstevenhudson) June 14, 2019
A 2016 post on the Westfield Countryside Mall Chick-fil-A’s Facebook page said that Matuszek had worked for the corporate company for six years as an interim manager, traveling around the country and helping operations at multiple franchises, Fox 13 reported. The post has since been deleted.
Chick-fil-A issued a statement Wednesday evening, saying, “This is deeply disturbing news. No one should ever be subjected to this sort of abuse and we are shocked and saddened by the report. Law enforcement has jurisdiction over this matter and we are awaiting full facts to inform our actions. Chick-fil-A, Inc. is sending company representatives to the location for restaurant support.”
Fast Facts You Need to Know
- Heather Matuszek, 32, is accused of inappropriately touching a 15-year-old girl on two occasions between August 2014 and April 2015
- The alleged incidences occurred while Matuszek was a youth leader at Clearwater Community Church in Florida
- On Wednesday, Matuszek was charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation before she posted $40,000 bail
- The Clearwater woman is an owner/ operator at a local Chick-fil-A, and the franchise says they are ‘shocked and saddened’ by her arrest
“Heather Matuszek, 32, inappropriately touched an underage girl…in her youth group at the Clearwater Community Church.”
“According to her LinkedIn account, she is the owner/ operator of a Chick-fil-A near Tampa, a position she has held since 2016.”
— Rt. Hon. Rev. Digger (@GOPnot4me) June 14, 2019