Sex offender accused of engaging in sexual acts with teens

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) – A man convicted of beating and raping a woman in the 1990s has been arrested on charges he had sex with multiple teens in the Cheektowaga area.

Matthew Borkowski is a Level 3 violent sex offender who spent years in prison after being convicted in 1996 of first degree attempted rape. He was arrested Thursday by Cheektowaga Police and charged with first degree criminal sexual act and third degree aggravated sexual abuse.

Police say they began investigating the 40-year-old in July 2013 when Borkowski moved to the Village of Sloan without notifying authorities of his change in address, as required. Officers say he was living on Fredo Street within a couple of blocks of a school, the playground at Houghton Park and community center in Kaistertown.

It was after this that detectives learned of Borkowski engaging in criminal sexual acts with victims ranging in age from 13 to 17. But his alleged crimes didn’t end there and the investigation even led to the arrest of a second accused sexual predator.

“Property that he had stolen, people that he had scammed. I refer to it, many times, as a case that kept on giving. Every time we turned the corner, there was something new,” Cheektowaga Police Lt. Kenneth Rusin said.

The extensive investigation, which was conducted in cooperation with the Erie County District Attorney’s Office, culminated with Borkowski’s arrest while he left a home on Sprucewood Drive in Cheektowaga on Thursday.

After arraigned in Cheektowaga Town Court, Borkowski was ordered held without bail. He is currently at the Erie County Holding Center and is due back in court in three weeks.

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