Custodian who texted student for sex sentenced

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EL CAJON, Calif. — A 21-year-old Grossmont Union High School District substitute custodian, who pressured a 14-year-old girl to meet him for a sexual liaison, was sentenced Tuesday to 180 days of electronic surveillance and must register as a sex offender for life.

Elias Morales II, who will also be on formal probation for three years, pleaded guilty in May to contact with a minor with the intent to commit a sex crime and attempting to possess child pornography.

Judge Daniel Goldstein ordered Morales to stay away from schools through his probation, which is also a condition of the defendant’s sex offender registration.

San Diego County sheriff’s Lt. Jeff Duckworth said Morales sent inappropriate text messages to the El Capitan High School student and encouraged her to ditch class and meet him off campus.

School officials notified the sheriff’s department after learning of the allegations against Morales.

Detectives took over a text session posing as the student, agreeing to meet Morales at a 7-Eleven convenience store on Maine Avenue for a sexual liaison, Duckworth said. Morales was arrested at the store Feb. 19.

He had been fingerprinted and underwent U.S. Department of Justice and FBI background checks before being hired late last year, according to the school district, which fired him after his arrest.

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