NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - A former paraprofessional and member of the coaching staff with the New Brunswick school system has been sentenced to serve five years in a New Jersey state prison for the aggravated sexual assault of a minor student.

Eugene Colbert, 31, of South River, was sentenced Friday and will have to serve 85% of his prison terms before becoming eligible for parole under the No Early Release Act, according to a press release issued by Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christopher L.C. Kuberiet

Superior Court Judge Joseph Rea 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, Rea ordered Colbert to have no contact with the victim and to forfeit public employment.

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Colbert pleaded guilty on June 17 to one count of aggravated sexual assault in the first degree. The defendant was fired from his job with the New Brunswick school system, where he was employed since 2009.

Colbert 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, Colbert sexually assaulted the 13-year-old female student while on school property during school hours.

During the time when the criminal conduct occurred, Colbert 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.

At Colbert's detention hearing, Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Jody Cabone said the  Colbert and the student began last November. Colbert, who worked at the middle school, sent Instagram photos of his genitalia to the student and asked and received revealing photos of the student, according to an audio recording of the hearing.