RED BANK: EX-CHARTER TEACHER CHARGED | #teacher | #children | #kids | #parenting | #parenting | #kids

A former Red Bank Charter School teacher faces “multiple” charges of sex-assaults elementary school children, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office announced Saturday.

From a prepared statement by Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni:

On February 14, 2021, Gustavo Barrientos, a former elementary school teacher in the Long Branch School District and the Red Bank Charter School was charged with sexually assaulting a 10 year old student.

As a result of the continued joint investigation of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the Long Branch Police Department, Barrientos has now been charged with sexually assaulting multiple other elementary school children.

Gustavo Barrientos, 53, of Tinton Falls, is currently being held in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution in Freehold Township pending a detention hearing.

Investigators are still seeking additional information about Barrientos’ activities. Anyone with any information please contact Detective Sergeant Shawn Murphy of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victim’s Bureau at 800-533-7443.or Detective Todd Coleman of the Long Branch Police Department at 732-222-1000.

Anyone who feels the need to remain anonymous but has information about a crime can submit a tip to the Monmouth County Crime Stoppers by calling their confidential telephone tipline at 1-800-671-4400; by 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.

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

The announcement gave no information about how long Barrientos worked at the charter school and if any of its students are believed to have been victimized.

The minutes of a charter school trustees meeting indicated Barrientos resigned in October. No explanation was given in the document.

Head of School Kristen Martello could not be reached immediately Saturday about Barrientos was he was hired; the circumstances under which he resigned; and whether any charter school students are believed to be among the alleged victims.

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