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Grand jury indicts teacher for rape of 10-year-old student

THE BRONX (PIX11) - The aunt of a ten-year-old girl who said she was raped by her homeroom teacher at P.S. 386 in the Bronx collapsed outside the courthouse Monday.

The girl’s grandmother also fought back tears, telling reporters “I can’t sleep. I can’t eat.  He’s a beast.  He broke my heart.”

40-year-old Anthony Criscuolo was indicted by a Bronx grand jury Monday, after he turned down his chance to testify and didn’t bother to appear in court for a hearing.  The girl’s relatives angrily called Criscuolo  a coward for not facing them in the courtroom.  Criscuolo stayed in a jail cell, while the brief proceeding took place.

Disturbing details of Criscuolo’s behavior before—and after—the alleged rape have been emerging since his arrest last Wednesday.  The girl told police Criscuolo wrote a letter on school letterhead, claiming she was receiving a special honor and that he would drive her to the awards ceremony last Monday.  Instead, the police complaint revealed Criscuolo took the girl in his silver Dodge Charger with tinted windows and raped her near another school.

Bronx Teacher rape case

40-year-old Anthony Criscuolo was indicted by a Bronx grand jury Monday, after he turned down his chance to testify and didn’t bother to appear in court for a hearing.

The suspect allegedly e-mailed an apology to the girl the next day, telling her, “I was too rough.  Sorry.  It’s normal.  You may feel pain for a few days.”  The complaint said he then cryptically added, “How did it feel for you?”

According to recent reports in the New York Post, students at P.S. 386 claimed Criscuolo and the fifth grade student were playing “husband and wife” and danced closely at a Valentine’s Day party earlier this year.  The students claimed Criscuolo even gave the 10 year old a diamond ring.

Criscuolo allegedly began touching the girl in April, before the June attack, and told her, “I like you.  I’m doing this because I like you.  I don’t want you to feel uncomfortable.  If you feel uncomfortable, ask me to stop.”

Criscuolo was arrested last Wednesday, charged with first degree rape and predatory assault of a child.

Teacher indicted

The suspect allegedly e-mailed an apology to the girl the next day, telling her, “I was too rough. Sorry. It’s normal. You may feel pain for a few days.” The complaint said he then cryptically added, “How did it feel for you?”

PIX 11 visited Frisby Avenue in the Bronx Monday, where the suspect lived, until his father died two years ago and the house was sold.

“I grew up with him, and he seemed like a normal kid,” said 42-year old J.R. Rodriguez.  “His mother died when he was about 14.”

Rodriguez said he never noticed Criscuolo dating women.  “He was to himself, like a loner….Never seen him with a little girl.  Never saw him with a girl.  Period.”

Rodriguez told PIX Criscuolo worked out almost every day at the nearby Powerhouse Gym.  When PIX 11 visited the facility, gym employee, Steve Kirov, said he saw Criscuolo frequently.

“He was big, he was very built,” Kirov told PIX 11.  “I was shocked.  Everybody was shocked.  A lot of people knew him.  He’s actually a very calm, normal guy.”

Police would beg to differ.

4 comments

  • Ruthie

    You'll shouldn't have told us what that bastard said too that poor girl!! I hope he get the full max and I hope her family sue the ED. If that was my child or any of my family! I would've but my foot in his ass.. Excuse my language but that's how I feel..

  • trial follower

    What happened to innocent til proven guilty? Hate with an ALLEGED motive is not a verdict ! If this guy did exactly what the media has published and written then so be it , he deserves to pay the punishment.

    So far we really have nothing besides what he has been accused of, the accusations are rape, emails sent, he was seen dancing close to the ALLEGED VICTIM, he gave expensive gifts etc.

    Do you all see something wrong with this picture? fist of all DNA will prove if the girl was in fact in the car.. This will be the only DNA that would actually prove he is guilty of the crime.

    Dancing close with the girl- Hello? if this happened a couple of month ago and "THEY" say they saw, why is this coming out now? and a Valentines Dance? so the other teachers did not find it weird? so they were blind?

    Emails- How do we know those emails actually came from his computer?

    Expensive gifts- This girl would go home with these gifts and parents don't question it?

    He picked her up for the awards- Again we do not have any proof except for the parents say so.

    Nothing against the parents, but what parent allows a child to except gifts without questioning it, what parent does not follow up with suspicious activity and then allow their child to go to an "award ceremony" alone and best of all not attend their child ceremony hoax or not !
    I know who, irresponsible parents that gave no care for their child. NOW they want the school system to change ?

    I believe their guilt of non caring irresponsible parents are causing them to make such accusations at the school system.
    We don't learn from mistakes, I see people saying how this man looks and crucify him for his looks. My question is this, How does a criminal have to look? we have seen over and over again a pretty face being a serial killer , The ignorance in this world is an outrage !

    Of course if this little girl was raped, this man will pay for all of her suffering. People you don't know the facts/proof yet so stop the hate because this story just does not make sense. something very twisted about this case and not everything adds up. I find it hard to believe that complains to the principal were ignored numerous times. My other question is, Had there really been complains?

    My suggestion is choose your words wisely before we accuse someone without crucial evidence.

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