Ex-custodian serving jail time for hiding gun


A former custodian at a Sioux Falls high school is serving jail time for hiding a gun in the ceiling of a school restroom.

Twenty-six-year-old Joseph Jay Croal was sentenced to 180 days in jail. Croal got credit for 37 days served.

The Argus Leader reports Croal also was ordered to perform 40 hours of community service. He cannot go on any Sioux Falls School District property without advance authorization and an escort.

Croal pleaded guilty in October to possession of a firearm on school premises and making a false report. He was accused of hiding a Ruger handgun in a men’s restroom ceiling at the Career and Technical Education Academy in August.

School officials said Croal had been working at CTE since 2016. His employment was ended Aug. 27.


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