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Principal Turned Blind Eye as Teacher Abused Girl, Investigators Say

By Trevor Kapp | October 24, 2013 1:56pm
 Anthony Criscuolo, 40, was arrested for allegedly raping a 10-year-old girl.
Anthony Criscuolo, 40, was arrested for allegedly raping a 10-year-old girl.
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THE BRONX — The principal of a Bronx middle school stayed silent while a special-education teacher repeatedly sexually assaulted and eventually raped a fifth-grade student — despite warnings from other concerned students who came forward about the attacks, investigators found.

Angelyn Donald, the principal of PS 386 in Fordham, was told by two students that teacher Anthony Criscuolo, 40, wouldn't leave the 10-year-old girl alone and even kissed her in the middle of a class — yet still failed to notify the NYPD, according to a report by the Special Commissioner of Investigation for NYC's public schools.

Criscuolo was arrested on June 19 after the girl’s mother went to police, and is being held on $2 million bail.

Donald, who began her teaching career more than 30 years ago, has been the school’s principal since November 2011 and was making $135,353 annually, according to the Department of Education.

“We take these matters very seriously," DOE spokesman David Pena said. "Department of Education employees have an obligation to report any suspected sexual misconduct. The principal will be reassigned away from the school, and we will be seeking her termination.”

Donald did not return a call seeking comment.

Special Commissioner of Investigation Richard Condon has referred the findings to Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson, according to his office.

Condon also recommended to Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott that Donald be fired and made ineligible to work for in the city school system, according to the report.

Criscuolo is due back in court Dec. 20.