School custodian sentenced to 180 days of surveillance after attempting to commit sexual crime

EL CAJON (CNS) – A 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 registration as a sex offender.

Elias Morales II, 21, will be on formal probation for three years. He pleaded guilty in May to contact with a minor with the intent to commit a sexual crime and attempting to possess child pornography.

Judge Daniel Goldstein ordered Morales to stay away from schools through his probation. This is also a condition on his sex offender registration.

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

School officials immediately notified the sheriff’s department after learning about 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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