THE BRONX - The Bronx special education teacher accused of raping a 10-year-old girl has been arraigned and is being held on $500,000 bail.

Authorities say 40-year-old Anthony Criscuolo, of P.S. 386, is charged with first-degree rape and predatory sexual assault against a child in an attack on a student from the school.

According to police, Criscuolo told the victim's parents that he was taking her to get an academic award on Monday, and even wrote a letter notifying them of the phony achievement on school letterhead to get permission. He allegedly drove the girl to an area near P.S. 196 on Ward Avenue and raped her inside his vehicle.

Outraged parents stood outside the school, demanding answers from the principal about how the crime could have happened. They say they're very concerned about their own children's safety.

The Department of Education (DOE) says he has been reassigned to a non-teaching position, and they are seeking his termination.

Criscuolo has been an educator in the Bronx dating back to February 2002, when he was a substitute special education teacher at P.S. 178, according to his service history. He received a full-time position at P.S. 178 during the 2003 school year and transferred in 2010 to P.S. 498. He then began his tenure at P.S. 386 at the beginning of the 2011 school year.

Criscuolo is expected back in court on June 24.