Antioch man wants bond reduction in sex assault case
A former Antioch-area volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician who is charged with having sex with a 15-year-old girl is asking that his bail be reduced.
Matthew Bielecki, 40, of the 43000 block of Mary Avenue in Antioch, faces charges of criminal sexual assault of a person between the ages of 13 and 17 and criminal sexual abuse after he allegedly gave the girl alcohol to get her drunk and have sex with her.
Bielecki is due to return to court on Sept. 25 to explain why his court-imposed $250,000 bail should be reduced in order for him to be released. Currently, he must post $25,000, or 10 percent of his bail, to be released.
Bielecki was arrested at his home at 2 p.m. Aug. 9 after a complaint was filed by the mother of the teenager.
Police said Bielecki approached the victim and her mother in June and said he'd like to photograph the girl in order to break her into a future modeling career. After the mother agreed to the photographs, Bielecki took the girl to his home, got her intoxicated, and had sex with her, authorities said.
The girl didn't come forward with the information until late July, prompting the woman to immediately go to police and file a complaint.
Authorities interviewed Bielecki, who admitted to giving the girl alcohol but denied having sex with her, officials said.
Bielecki was once employed as a firefighter at the Antioch Fire Department and as an EMT at the Antioch Rescue Squad, officials said, but hasn't worked with either department in more than 10 years.