The man accused of torturing a dog in Quincy may also have stolen more than $200,000 from the woman for whom he was a caretaker, prosecutors said in court Thursday.
Radoslaw Czerkawski, a 32-year-old Polish immigrant, was arraigned in Norfolk Superior Court in Dedham on 12 counts of animal cruelty and one charge of misleading a police investigation. He was held without bail and is scheduled to return to court Feb. 11.
Assistant District Attorney Tracey Cusick disclosed the theft allegations in court Thursday.
“As a result of this investigation as to what happened with this dog, there is a separate investigation as to the defendant’s involvement [in] the financial affairs of the [95-year-old] woman he was caring for,” Cusick told the court.
The woman was identified as JS in court, but Quincy police reports have identified her as Janina Stock. Cusick said that Czerkawski was hired to take care of the woman because they both spoke Polish.
Stock was found dead in her home Aug. 31, the same day the abused dog was discovered in Quincy. Police have said that foul play is not suspected in Stock’s death.
On Thursday, Cusick said that police found the woman’s passport, jewelry, bank papers, and receipts with Czerkawski when he was arrested in October. Bank statements and canceled checks showed that approximately $100,000 in checks made out to the woman were deposited into a joint account shared by Czerkawski and the woman.
“The defendant took the woman to the bank and presented her as his grandmother,” Cusick said.
Cusick said Czerkawski then moved $50,000 to another account that was in his name only, and statements found in his car showed he made several withdrawals, Cusick said.
Czerkawski also allegedly took more than $100,000 in savings bonds belonging to the woman, Cusick said, some of which had been redeemed.
Czerkawski has not been charged with stealing money, but Cusick said charges may be forthcoming. Defense lawyer John Gibbons said he expects his client to face additional charges.
Separately, Czerkawski has been accused of stealing about $6,000 from a New Bedford church. He has not been arraigned on those charges, Cusick said.
Czerkawski was indicted by a grand jury last month, moving the case to Superior Court.
On Thursday, Gibbons entered a not guilty plea on Czerkawski’s behalf as he listened to a Polish interpreter.
Cusick clarified that 10 of the animal-cruelty charges were directly related to separate instances of abusing the dog, including a stab to the right eye and fractured ribs.
“There was evidence they were in different stage of healing,” Cusick said. “There was evidence that they occurred at separate times.”
If convicted, he faces five years in prison for each cruelty charge, and up to 10 years for misleading police, Cusick said.
Several people wearing T-shirts supporting Puppy Doe, whose name was at one time Kiya, sobbed quietly in the courtroom as the dog’s injuries were described. Afterward, supporters said they were satisfied by the day’s events.
“[I’m] very, very pleased,” said Elana Gerson, head of a group called Kiya’s Angels International. “I’m [also] very pleased because I think our legal system takes financial issues more seriously than animal abuse. God willing, if this isn’t horrific enough, there will be other charges.”
Jessica Bartlett can be reached at jessica.may.bartlett@ gmail.com.