THE BRONX - Anthony Criscuolo has been indicted for allegedly raping one of his fifth-grade pupils on several occasions, according to Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson.
The family of a 10-year-old girl allegedly raped by Criscuolo at her school is demanding changes to the school system to protect other children.
The victim's loved ones were joined by Bronx state Sen. Ruben Diaz at the courthouse where special education teacher Anthony Criscuolo was supposed to be back before a judge on two counts of rape and one count of sexual assault on a child. However, the 40-year-old refused to make an appearance.
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According to a criminal complaint, the 40-year-old from P.S. 386 sexually assaulted the little girl at least three times between April and June. Court documents allege that it happened twice at the elementary school, and a third time in his car after he drove the student to an area near P.S. 196.
Diaz and the victim's grandmother spoke publicly, insisting that prosecutors interview every student who had contact with Criscuolo to ensure there are no other victims. The family says the girl is currently on medication as she tries to cope with what happened.
Bail was set last week at $500,000 cash, or $750,000 bond, and Criscuolo was ordered to hand over all travel documents.
Criscuolo’s next court appearance is scheduled for July 26.