A former Long Branch elementary school teacher, charged last February with allegedly sexually assaulting several former students, has now been indicted for the heinous crime.

Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey announced Tuesday, that a Monmouth County Grand Jury returned an eight-count indictment against 53-year old Gustavo Barrientos for one count of first-degree Aggravated Sexual Assault, three counts of second-degree Sexual Assault, and four counts of second-degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

Four of his former students had come forward and made allegations stating that between the 2017 and 2019 school years, Barrientos had sexual contact with them, inside the school itself or out on class trips.

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If Barrientos is convicted, he faces up to life in prison on the Aggravated Sexual Assault charge, and up to 10 years on each of the remaining charges.

Acting Prosecutor Linskey said that Barrientos would be also subject to Parole Supervision for Life, and required to register under Megan’s Law.

If you have any information on the crimes Barrientos committed, you're urged to contact Detective Todd Coleman of the Long Branch Police Department at 732-222-1000 or Detective Joshua Rios of the MCPO Special Victims Bureau at 732-431-7160, extension. 6069.

If you wish to remain anonymous while doing so, you can submit a tip to the Monmouth County Crime Stoppers by calling their confidential telephone tip-line at 1-800-671-4400,  calling 800-671-4400, or visiting the Crime Stoppers website at www.monmouthcountycrimestoppers.com.

The case is assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Joseph Cummings of the Office’s Special Victims Bureau.

The defendant is currently represented by Charles Uliano, Esq., with an office in Long Branch.

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