More stalking charges for WCS janitor

April 24, 2008

By Marianne Apfelbaum

Observer staff

The Williston school janitor charged earlier this month with stalking a 13-year-old Williston Central School student has been charged again, this time for allegedly stalking a former employee at the school.

Norman Croteau, 47, of South Burlington, was charged after police were notified that a 23-year-old woman who had worked at the school for a short time might have information pertinent to the ongoing investigation, according to police.

After interviewing the woman, investigating officer Justin Huizenga said Croteau was "following (the woman), saying inappropriate things, walking in bathrooms while she was in them, the same type of stuff" he is accused of doing to the WCS student. The incidents allegedly occurred at the school while Croteau was employed and working on school grounds, police said. Huizenga said the woman was a para educator at the school — one of a number of support staff that assists students and teachers.

Croteau was issued a citation on the new charges last Friday through his lawyer, Mark Kaplan, who could not be reached for comment by press deadline.

"We're still investigating. We don't know if new charges will come. We are still interviewing people," Huizenga said.

Croteau has been issued trespass notices for the school and the victims' homes, Huizenga said.

On May 27, Croteau is scheduled to be arraigned on the latest charges, which also include voyeurism, Huizenga said. At that time, there will also be a status conference regarding the previous charge of aggravated stalking, Huizenga said.

Calls to the school for comment went unanswered Wednesday morning as school vacation continues through the weekend.