NEW YORK (AP/PIX11) – A former New York City school teacher has pleaded guilty to raping a fifth-grade special education student.
Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson says 41-year-old Anthony Criscuolo pleaded guilty Friday to a felony count of first-degree rape.
The former Public School 386 special education teacher faces 14 years in prison followed by 18 years of post-release supervision. Sentencing is scheduled for July 7.
Defense lawyer Steven Brill says today Criscuolo “accepted responsibility for his actions.”
Criscuolo told the girl and her parents she had won an award and he would drive her to the ceremony in June of 2013. Prosecutors say Criscuolo then raped the girl in his car.
After the rape, Criscuolo sent the girl messages saying, “Sorry, I was too rough” and “How did it feel for you?”
The city’s Department of Education later faulted the school’s principal for ignoring students’ reports that Criscuolo had been seen kissing the girl.
Criscuolo must now give up his teaching license and will have to register as a sex offender.