A Jersey City public school teacher was accused of sexually assaulting one of his students, an 11-year-old girl.
Apparao Sunkara, 67, a teacher at the Infinity Institute, was arrested Tuesday afternoon at his home in Hicksville, New York. He is currently being held in Nassau County, Hudson County Attorney Esther Suarez said.
The victim, now 12, said the attacks occurred at the school in 2019, Suarez said. Sunkara has been charged with second degree sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a second degree child, Suarez said.
“It is incomprehensible that someone responsible for raising children would put them at risk and potentially harm them,” said Norma Fernandez, Jersey City district spokeswoman. “This situation is extremely worrying.”
Anyone with relevant information about Sunkara who was a middle school science teacher is encouraged to contact the Hudson County District Attorney’s Special Victims Unit at 201-915-1234.
The Infinity Institute on Old Bergen Road has 6th through 12th grade students and is part of Jersey City’s public school system. According to electronic records, Sunkara was discontinued by the district in 2012 and currently earns $ 110,000 annually.
Fernandez said Sunkara was removed from the classroom on February 4, 2020 when the district learned of the alleged sexual assault. The information was reported to the State Department for Families and Children and the county prosecutor’s office.
Fernandez noted that Sunkara had not been in contact with students since that date. He is on paid suspension, but if charged the district would take the suspension out of paid.