Maywood Pre-Teen Sexually Assaulted By Former Liquor Store Employee, Authorities Charge

A Maywood pre-teen was sexually assaulted more than a decade ago by a now-28-year-old Ecuadorian national, authorities charged.

Luis Aucancela Barbecho

Luis Aucancela Barbecho

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Luis Aucancela Barbecho, who lives in the borough, became the target of an investigation in March 2022 after Maywood police received a complaint, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said on Friday, Sept. 16.

According to zoominfo and LinkedIn, Aucancela Barbecho had worked as an assistant team leader with Total Wine & More, which has a store in nearby River Edge. 

He previously worked at Olivia's Cafe and Bagels in Fair Lawn, according to his LinkedIn resume.

Members of Musella’s Special Victims Unit arrested Aucancela Barbecho on Thursday following an investigation with Maywood police, Musella said.

They determined that Aucancela Barbecho was 18 when he sexually assaulted the girl, who was then under 13, in May 2011 and August 2012, investigators said.

The detectives charged Aucancela Barbecho with several counts of aggravated sexual assault and child endangerment then sent him to the Bergen County Jail.

He remained held there Friday pending a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack, where a judge will determine whether he should be held or released.

ICE could place a detainer on Aucancela Barbecho if any questions arise that would require a hearing before a federal judge into his immigration status. One hadn't been issued as of Friday evening.

A new wrinkle emerged with the filing late Friday of additional aggravated sexual assault charges against Aucancela Barbecho. It wasn't immediately clear whether investigators had found another alleged victim or additional instances involving the first one.


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