THE BRONX - A Bronx fifth-grade special education teacher has been arrested for the rape of a 10-year-old girl, police say.

Authorities say 40-year-old Anthony Criscuolo has been charged with first-degree rape and predatory sexual assault against a child in an attack on a P.S. 386 student.

According to police sources, the teacher told the child’s parents that he was taking her to receive an academic award. The 10-year-old’s parents consented to letting Criscuolo take her to the ceremony after they were presented with a letter on official school letterhead about the award. The award presentation turned out to be fake.

Police sources say Criscuolo drove the victim to an area near P.S. 196 on Ward Avenue and raped her inside his 2010 Dodge Charger.

The incident is said to have occurred on Monday. Criscuolo was arrested Wednesday at around 10 a.m.

School officials say that Criscuolo has been reassigned to a non-teaching position away from students. The city’s Department of Education is 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. Criscuolo began his tenure at P.S. 386 at the beginning of the 2011 school year.