NJ elementary school teacher sexually assaulted 10-year-old student, says prosecutor

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FREEHOLD, NJ – A former Long Branch elementary school teacher has been charged with sexually assaulting a 10 year old student.

Gustavo Barrientos, 53, of Tinton Falls, is charged with first degree Aggravated Sexual Assault and second degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni said law enforcement learned that while employed as an elementary school teacher in the Long Branch School District, on “multiple occasions, Barrientos would show a 10 year old female student pornography and sexually assault her.”

Barrientos was taken into custody today, February 14, 2021, and transported to the Monmouth County Correctional Institution in Freehold Township pending a detention hearing.

If convicted, he faces up to life imprisonment on the aggravated sexual assault charge and up to 10 years imprisonment on the Endangering the Welfare of a Child charge. In addition, he would be subject to Parole Supervision for Life and required to register under Megan’s Law.

Investigators are seeking additional information about Barrientos’ actions. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Detective Todd Coleman of the Long Branch Police Department at 732-222-1000 or Detective Sergeant Shawn Murphy of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victim’s Bureau at 732-431-7160 ext. 7032.

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