A current Colorado Mesa University Sodexo employee has been placed on “investigatory leave” by the company, according to Joe Winegardner, general manager of dining services at CMU.

On Oct. 30, the employee allegedly sent sexually explicit and threatening messages to a 21-year-old former Palisade High School student on Facebook. 

At this time, the Grand Junction Police Department has received multiple Facebook messages concerning the Sodexo employee and his alleged messages, but no one has filed a report, according to Heidi Davidson, GJPD’s public information coordinator.

The police department is currently investigating the messages.

Screenshots of the alleged messages, which were given to The Criterion from the alleged victim, are extremely graphic and sexually violent. They describe actions the alleged messager suggested doing to the alleged victim.

CMU Vice President of Student Services John Marshall described the messages as “atrocious and unacceptable,” and informed the Sodexo employee that he is not welcome on campus while the matter is being investigated by the university.

The administration’s decision was made within hours after they were made aware of the messages.

“Right now, the process is in the hands of corporate security,” Winegardner said. 

The Sodexo representative flew in today, according to Winegardner, and will be investigating the matter for the company.

Chris DeLeon and Alec Williams contributed to this story.

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Alec Williams is a political science major and editor in chief for The Criterion's 2017/2018 academic year. Starting in the spring of 2016, Williams rose from the ranks of a reporter to news editor to managing editor to his current position. Williams was awarded the Society of Professional Journalists 2016 Region 9 Mark of Excellence for his efforts in investigative reporting.


  1. Ehrin pruett was his name. And they drastically still understated the grusomness of his messages. Th ere better be charges on this, or for sure the whole town will know about this crap forever. People will make sure everything knows this messed up in the head guys name. What a freak. Everyone stay out of the way of Ehrin Pruett, look up his face book page get his picture in your head, and make sure you steer clear from this guy. Women please watch out, from the messages, I think they need to check his finger prints and check unsolved data bases. Just a little help I would check Ohio unsolved crimes, and any that may of happened here. This is not his first issue, anyone that has read these messages would know there is something else out there. This dude is not right. Don’t let him reproduce. And Ehric, you better hope I never run into you. There are about another thousand people in this town that I would stay away from. Unfortunately you don’t have a clue who we are. Oh yeah he calls himself a gang member too I am sure your gang will find this out too, they don’t take this stuff lightly. Creap


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