Elizabeth Middle School custodian charged with sex crime

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An Elizabeth Middle School custodian has been arrested on felony charges of Internet luring of a child.

Michael A. Petramala, 53, was arrested Feb. 22 at his Elizabeth home and is being held in the Elbert County jail on a $100,000 bond.

Elbert County Sheriff Shayne Heap said Petramala admitted he was using the Internet and other social media as a means to meet two young girls for sex.

“Petramala had detailed explicit sexual activities that he was planning with the juveniles and had agreed to bring alcohol and lingerie,” said Heap.

At a bond hearing Feb. 25, Petramala was ordered to have no contact with anyone under the age of 18 and no Internet access.

Elizabeth School district is cooperating with the ongoing investigation and, to date, doesn’t believe any of its students were involved, according to a statement released Feb. 25.

Heap said he’s pleased with the investigation as well as the unified effort and spirit of cooperation in the community.

“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,” said Heap. “This is a perfect example.”

Although Petramala worked at the school, district officials said he did not work directly with students.

Petramala is on administrative leave pending further investigation and is prohibited access to all district property.

He remains in custody and makes his next court appearance Feb 28.

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