A teacher arrested earlier this year in connection with the alleged sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl now faces charges related to two additional female students.

Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said Thursday that a grand jury has indicted the Long Island man for sexual assault of the three students, all of whom were 11 and 12 years old at the time of the alleged incidents.

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Apparao Sunkara, 68, was a teacher at the Infinity Institute in Jersey City. He began teaching in the district in 2012.

Sunkara was arrested most recently at the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office on Oct. 6 on the upgraded charges. He had previously been arrested in March for the initial allegation.

The prosecutor's office asks anyone with relevant information about Sunkara to contact their Special Victims Unit at 201-915-1234.

NJ teachers and educators caught in sex crime busts

Over the past few years, state lawmakers have taken on the challenge of dealing with accused child predators among the ranks of teachers and educators.

In 2018, the so-called “pass the trash” law went into effect, requiring stricter New Jersey school background checks related to child abuse and sexual misconduct.

The follow individuals were arrested over the past several years. Some have been convicted and sentenced to prison, while others have accepted plea deals for probation.

Others cases are still pending, including some court delays amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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