Elizabeth school security guard charged with sexually assaulting student

A Somerset County man who worked as a security guard at an Elizabeth public school has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a student there, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Thursday.

Luis Manco, 43, of Watchung is charged with second-degree sexual assault and third-degree endangering the welfare of a child.

The investigation into Manco started earlier this week, when the Elizabeth Police Department referred the matter to the Prosecutor’s Office’s Special Victims Unit.

The investigation determined that throughout the course of the current school year, Manco allegedly touched the victim inappropriately in various locations at Elizabeth’s iPrep Academy School No. 8 on Court Street.

Manco was arrested without incident at the Elizabeth Board of Education offices Tuesday afternoon, after which state Superior Court Judge Regina Caulfield set bail at $100,000. He was subsequently lodged in Union County Jail.

Anyone with additional information about Manco’s activities is being urged to contact Prosecutor’s Office Detective Joanne Son at 908-527-4696.

Convictions on second-degree crimes are typically punishable by 5 to 10 years in state prison, while third-degree crimes commonly result in sentences of 3 to 5 years.