Relatives of 10-year-old girl allegedly raped by her teacher speak out

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THE BRONX (PIX11) – Speaking from the doorway of the family’s apartment in their only on-camera interview, an aunt says she is happy the cops caught the guy responsible for the heinous crime.

“I’m just sad this happened to my niece, you know, she is just a child,” said the victim’s aunt.

The aunt did not want us to show her face or use her name in order to protect the identity of her niece, who at only 10-years-old is now a rape victim.

Police say, it was at the hands of her trusted teacher, 40-year-old Anthony Criscuolo.  He is charged with Rape in the First Degree and Predatory Sexual Assault Against a Child.

Teacher arrested for raping 10-year-old girlHe teaches special education at PS 386 and he is also little girl’s homeroom teacher.

“He was very polite, very nice with the mother.  I met him once because it was 5th grade, she was going to graduate and she was doing well,” said the aunt.

In fact, the aunt says the 5th grader is an honors student.  After this, she worries about her niece’s future.  She says she is doing okay physically, but mentally, “She’s still in shock.  She doesn’t know what’s really going on.”

Police say Criscuolo committed a heinous crime when he tricked the little girl into his grey sedan by offering her a ride to an awards ceremony that never existed.  In fact, police say, the teacher planned the attack by using school letterhead to write a letter to the girls mother saying she had won an award.

The night of the fabricated ceremony, police say, he drove to a nearby school and raped her in the car.

The girl’s mother contacted police after she found sexually explicit emails the teacher sent to her daughter.

They say those emails alone were enough to arrest him, which they did early Wednesday morning.

“It’s horrible because we trusted him, he’s a teacher.  He is supposed to be a role model,” said the aunt.

Parents outside of PS 386 in Fordham Heights feel a similar sense of betrayal and disgust.

“Everybody here has got to be worried because how many other kids did he probably touch?  No, that’s insane, that’s disgusting, he’s a rapist, and he’s sick, he’s sick, he needs a hospital,” exclaimed Diana Gonzalez whose daughter goes to the school.

As for the aunt, all she says she wants, is for the monster of a man who did this to “rot in jail.”

Criscuolo, who lives in the Bronx, will be arraigned sometime Thursday.


  • Simba

    have fun in prison buddy. they sure do love pedophiles in there. you'll get treated with extra care ;)

  • 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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