NEW JERSEY — A New Jersey high school teacher has been accused of sexually assaulting at least three students, including a 9-year-old, in a district that has become a center of religious and political tension, and where a group of high school students have staged a hunger strike.
The teacher, who is accused of molesting a 9th grader in the school’s school cafeteria, has been charged with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of second-degree sexual misconduct, according to a news release from the New Jersey State Police.
State police said the suspect was arrested Tuesday at a New York City hotel and released after posting $10,000 bond.
He is due in court later Wednesday.
The girl who was allegedly sexually assaulted was not identified and the district declined to say whether the boy was the victim.
The investigation into the alleged sexual assault has drawn national attention, and a day after a protest in the New York suburb of Fort Lee by anti-Muslim protesters, a group that describes itself as a coalition of civil rights and religious groups rallied outside the New Brunswick High School to call for a halt to the investigation.
The group’s website describes itself on its site as “a peaceful, non-violent movement for racial justice.”
It calls for the “harshest penalties for those who oppress, abuse, harass, and discriminate against anyone who stands up to racism, Islamophobia, and xenophobia.”
The protesters also called on New Jersey Gov.
Chris Christie to resign.