The creepy school janitor is as much a stock character as the bitchy cheerleader or the obnoxious jock -- and according to the Elbert County Sheriff's Office, Michael Petramala fits the stereotype perfectly. Petramala, 53, has been formally accused of online luring aimed at underage girls he hoped would participate in an intoxicating underwear romp. Details and video below.
It's not hard to find school-janitor-who-crossed-the-line stories. Back in November 2011, for instance, we wrote about the arrest of Travis Bowden, a custodian at a school in Longmont who was accused of having a sexual relationship with a thirteen-year-old girl.
The ECSO doesn't believe Petralama, a janitor at Elizabeth Middle School, got that far -- or at least he hasn't been accused of anything similar yet. According to a release from the office, he "was attempting to meet with two girls under the age of fifteen by means of Internet and social media for sex."
Any possibility that the posts were innocent? The authorities don't think so. They say Petramala had "detailed explicit sexual activities he was planning with the juveniles and agreed to bring alcohol and lingerie."
And nothing says "classy" like a dude who brings sexy unmentionables for his partners to wear.
In the end, sheriff's office reps maintain that Petramala admitted trying to convince the girls to meet him at an Elbert County locale for reasons of sex -- hence his arrest on suspicion of Internet luring of a child, a felony.
Elbert County Sheriff Shayne Heap says no students at the middle school were endangered by Petramala, suggesting that he wasn't trolling the halls for illicit talent. Heap also released a statement praising the cooperation between law enforcement agencies and administrators. "There is a group of public safety, law enforcement and fire professionals, as well as educators that have made our kids safety a priority in Elbert County," he said. "This most recent arrest demonstrates the unified effort and spirit of cooperation."
Where's Petramala these days? At most recent report, he remains at the Elbert County jail, where he was being held on a $100,000 bond. No word about his computer privileges.
Look below to see a larger version of Petramala's mug shot, followed by a 9News report.
More from our Colorado Crimes archive: "Travis Bowden, school janitor, accused of having sexual relationship with 13-year-old girl."
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