THE BRONX — A Bronx teacher who is accused of raping a 10-year-old girl failed to appear in a court hearing Monday to avoid facing the girl’s family or the media, according to CBS New York.
Anthony Criscuolo, 40, a special education teacher at P.S. 386, attacked his fifth-grade student on at least three separate occasions between April and mid-June after luring her to meet him with claims that she had won an award, according to prosecutors.
Criscuolo was caught after the victim’s mother found emails he had sent her daughter after the most recent attack, when he allegedly raped the girl in the back of his car.
Maria Reyes, the girl’s grandmother, spoke out against Criscuolo on the steps of Bronx Criminal Court Monday, saying, “I don’t sleep, I can’t eat because that beast took my life, because he broke my heart,” Reyes told reporters through a translator.
Criscuolo has pleaded not guilty to charges of first degree rape and predatory assault of a child, and is being held in lieu of $750,000 bond or $500,000 bail, according to the Department of Corrections website.