Former Long Branch Elementary School Teacher accused of lewd behavior with 10-year old
A former Long Branch elementary school teacher is facing up to life in prison for allegedly sexually assaulting a 10-year old girl after showing her pornography.
Monmouth County Prosecutor Chris Gramiccioni announced the arrest Sunday of Gustavo Barrientos, 53, of Tinton Falls, who is being charged with first degree Aggravated Sexual Assault and second degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
An investigation by Monmouth County law enforcement uncovered that while Barrientos was employed as an elementary school teacher in the Long Branch School District he would, on multiple occasions, show the girl pornography and then sexually assault her.
The investigation was run by members of the Long Branch Police Department and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victim’s Bureau.
Barrientos remains in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution in Freehold Township pending a detention hearing.
If convicted, he faces up to life in prison on the aggravated sexual assault charge and up to 10 years imprisonment on the Endangering the Welfare of a Child charge.
He would also be subject to Parole Supervision for Life and required to register under Megan’s Law.
Gramiccioni said that investigators are looking for additional information about Barrientos’ alleged activities.
If you or anyone you know has any information, 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 extension 7032.
If you wish to remain anonymous you can submit a tip to the Monmouth County Crime Stoppers by calling their confidential telephone tipline at 1-800-671-4400, downloading and using the free P3 Tips mobile app (available on iOS and Android – https://www.p3tips.com/1182), by calling 800-671-4400 or by going to the website at www.monmouthcountycrimestoppers.com.
This case has been assigned to Assistant Monmouth County Prosecutor Joseph Cummings of the Office’s Special Victims Bureau.