High School Custodian Who Admitted to Sexting Teen Sentenced

A former substitute custodian in the Grossmont Union High School District who admitted to texting a teenage girl to meet him for sex will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, he learned in court Tuesday.

Elias Morales II, 21, was working as a substitute custodian at El Capitan High School in February when he attempted to have a relationship with a 14-year-old student. 

At his sentencing, he received a grant of formal felony probation, 180 days in custody to be served through the Electronic Surveillance Program (GPS) in addition to a lifetime registration as a sex offender. 

A representative from the school district was also in court, asking that Morales not be allowed to be near schools. The judge aggreed to the request, though staying away from school is a condition of his sex offender registration. 

Morales previously accepted a plea agreement.

The custodian asked the student to skip class and meet him off-campus, and San Diego County Sheriff's Department detectives — posing as the student — agreed to meet up for a sexual liaison.

When Morales drove to the planned Lakeside location that Thursday, deputies arrested him.

District officials said Morales passed screening done by Department of Justice and FBI before his hiring.

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