Former WCS janitor pleads guilty to stalking charges2/12/09

Feb. 12, 2009

By Tim Simard

Observer staff

The former Williston Central School janitor accused of stalking a 13-year-old student in April 2008 pleaded guilty last month to a misdemeanor charge of stalking. He is currently serving 30 days in jail.

 


   
Norman Croteau

Norman Croteau, 48, made his plea at the Vermont District Courthouse in Burlington on Jan. 16. He was originally charged with felony aggravated stalking of an individual less than 16 years of age. The charge was later amended to misdemeanor stalking. Croteau was sentenced to 18 to 24 months in prison, with all but 30 days suspended.

A separate charge of stalking and voyeurism was dismissed as part of a plea deal.

Chittenden County State’s Attorney T.J. Donovan said Croteau’s sentence was reduced to save the victim from testifying at a trial.

“It’s a negotiated sentence,” Donovan said.

Croteau, who had been a janitor at the school for more than 10 years, allegedly stalked the girl over a series of days in March and April 2008. The girl contacted school officials about the incidents, who in turn contacted police.

Croteau was later charged in a separate stalking case that allegedly occurred in 2007, also at Williston Central School. A 23-year-old paraeducator came to police saying she had also been stalked at the school. Croteau was charged with stalking and voyeurism in that case, charges which were later dropped.

He originally pleaded not guilty to both charges.

Court records indicate that Croteau, a former South Burlington resident, now has an address listed for Manchester, N.H.