7 I-Team Exclusive: Maintenance man at Orchard Park apartments charged with sexual abuse

Pleaded not guilty to three felonies
Posted at 11:14 PM, Oct 17, 2017

A maintenance worker at an Orchard Park apartment complex is accused of sexually abusing multiple women who lived there, 7 Eyewitness News has learned.

Orchard Park police have charged Robert J. Bykowicz, 75, with three felonies and one misdemeanor after multiple women came forward to say he sexually assaulted them this summer.

Police got wind of the alleged abuse and arrested Bykowicz on Oct. 10 after a manager of the Angle Park apartments at Angle Road and Southwestern Boulevard told them he received complaints of abuse from residents, police said.

**Anyone with more information is asked to call Orchard Park detectives at 662-6475.**

Bykowicz also lived at the facility and a source told 7 Eyewitness News that he may have gained access to the rooms of two or more women using keys he possessed from his maintenance job. The source said managers fired Bykowicz abruptly but they did not respond to messages left to comment.

Other maintenance workers were busy Tuesday at the apartment complex, while a locksmith was seen arriving at the apartments. Later in the day, Bykowicz was arraigned in Orchard Park Town Court on two felony counts of sexual abuse, one felony charge of a criminal sex act and one misdemeanor charge of forcible touching. 

He was released on $15,000 bail and Bykowicz, through his attorney, Leonard Zaccagnino, declined to comment. 

Zaccagnino said, "He's denied the allegations for the purpose of the arraignment...There's always more to a story than what the charges are."

Residents of the apartments are 55 or older and and must have an individual income of no more than $28,680, according to an application posted on Maryvale East's website. 

A source said before the incident, the apartments felt safe and were a nice place to live. Following the alleged assaults, the source said women inside were "barricading themselves in" and were fearful of whether Bykowicz could return to the apartments. 

Bykowicz previously did not have a criminal record in Erie County, court records show, and he was not listed on the state's online sex offender registry.

Angle Park apartments are affiliated with a company named Maryvale East Management, which runs Maryvale East Senior Apartments on Moorman Drive in Cheektowaga, near the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. 

It is unclear whether Bykowicz also worked maintenance at the Maryvale apartments.

Bykowicz is expected to appear again in court on Oct. 28. 

Anyone with more information is asked to call Orchard Park detectives at 662-6475.