A New Brunswick middle school paraprofessional and assistant basketball coach is charged with sexually assaulting a 13-year-old female student on school property, authorities announced.

Eugene Colbert, 31, of South River, a paraprofessional in the New Brunswick school system, as well as a member of the coaching staff allegedly engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct with the 13-year-old female student during school hours, according to a news release from Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Director Anthony Caputo of the New Brunswick Police Department.

These events, according to authorities, allegedly took place from November 2018, through March 2019.

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New Brunswick school officials initially failed to notify law enforcement of the criminal activity as is required by the Uniform State Memorandum of Agreement Between Education and Law Enforcement Officials, Carey said. 

Colbert has been fired from the New Brunswick school system where he was employed since 2009. According to school records, Colbert was a special education paraprofessional and an assistant basketball coach at New Brunswick Middle School. 

Colbert is charged with aggravated sexual assault in the first degree, sexual assault in the second degree, endangering the welfare of a child in the second degree, aggravated criminal sexual contact in the third degree, and engaging in criminal sexual contact in the fourth degree with a 13-year old female student.

He is being held at the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center in North Brunswick pending his initial court appearance.

Colbert was charged during an investigation by Detective Bill Coleman of the New Brunswick Police Department and Detective Oscar Ayala of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.

The investigation is active and is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Coleman (732) 745-5200 or Detective Ayala at (732) 745-4045.