NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Eugene Colbert, 31, of South River, has been convicted of the aggravated sexual assault of a minor under his care when he was an employee of the New Brunswick Public Schools, where he was employed for the past ten years as a paraprofessional and member of the coaching staff. The investigation of this case determined that from November 2018, through March 2019, the Colbert engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct with a female student, when the victim was 13 years of age, while on school property during school hours.
On September 27, Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christopher L.C. Kuberiet announced that Colbert has been sentenced to serve five years in a New Jersey state prison. This term is subject to the No Early Release Act, so the defendant will have to serve 85 percent of his prison term before becoming eligible for parole.
Superior Court Judge Joseph Rea, sitting in New Brunswick, ordered Colbert to register as a Megan’s Law sex offender and be placed on parole supervision for life upon his release from prison. In addition, Judge Rea also ordered the defendant to have no contact with the victim and to forfeit public employment.
Colbert pleaded guilty on June 17, 2019, to one count of aggravated sexual assault in the first degree. The defendant was terminated from his employment with the New Brunswick school system, where he was employed since 2009.
The defendant was arrested and charged as a result of an investigation conducted by Detective Bill Coleman of the New Brunswick Police Department and Detective Oscar Ayala of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.
The investigation determined that from November 2018, through March 2019, the defendant engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct with a female student, when the victim was 13 years of age, while on school property during school hours.
During the time when the criminal conduct occurred, the defendant had supervisory and disciplinary power over the victim by virtue of his employment as a paraprofessional as well being a member of the coaching staff at the victim’s school.