Lakeland, FL - Leonard Richard Filipkowski, 44, the owner of a mobile game arcade confessed to molesting a then-13-year-old boy in his arcade-van in 2010, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release issued Tuesday.
Filipkowski reportedly traveled throughout Central Florida to ‘entertain kids at birthday parties, children’s events and church and school functions.’ His 24-foot-long van reportedly includes flat-screen televisions connected to Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii gaming systems.
Investigators became interested in Filipkowski after getting a report from an out-of-state social-service agency about alleged sexual abuse of the boy. The boy – who had moved out of Florida – later identified Filipkowski and detailed the abuse he received from him in counseling.
As a consequence of the investigation, Filipkowskiwho confessed to giving alcohol to the boy and then molesting him in his “Games-2-U” van. Filipkowski also admitted performing sex acts on another boy – who was 13 or 14 at the time – about three years ago in his home. That boy worked for Filipkowski in his Games-2-U van at the time.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd called Filipkowski “our worst nightmare.”
“His van is a predator’s paradise,” Judd added.
In total, Filipkowski faces nine counts of lewd and lascivious molestation on a victim under 16 years of age and 11 counts of lewd and lascivious exhibition in the presence of a child. He is being held without bond in the Polk County Jail. Authorities confiscated his van after his arrest Tuesday.
Anyone with additional information is asked to call the Polk County Sheriff’s Office special-victims unit at 863-298-6379.Tags: arcade, Child Molestation, Florida, Leonard Filipkowski, Pedophile