NEW YORK CITY — A Bronx school teacher lured a 10-year-girl into his car with the promise of a bogus award and then raped her, police and Department of Education officials said.
Anthony Criscuolo, 40, an elementary school teacher at P.S. 386 in Fordham Heights, was arrested in The Bronx about 10 a.m. Wednesday and charged with rape and predatory sexual assault of a child late Wednesday afternoon.
The fifth-grade special education teacher allegedly sent a note to the girl's home informing the victim's family of a bogus school award before absconding with her during school hours, law enforcement sources told DNAinfo New York.
Criscuolo has taught at P.S. 386 since 2011. Before that, he taught special education at P.S. 498 and P.S. 178 in The Bronx.
He was arraigned early Thursday morning, with bail set at $500,000 or $750,000 bond. He is set to appear in court again June 24.
DOE officials said Criscuolo has been reassigned away from students while the the department works to fire him.