NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Bronx school teacher accused of raping one of his young students was indicted Monday.
Anthony Criscuolo, 40, was charged with two counts of predatory sexual assault against a child, two counts of rape in the first degree, three counts of sexual abuse in the first degree and endangering the welfare of a child.
Criscuolo is facing a maximum sentence of up to 25 years to life imprisonment if convicted of the most serious crime, predatory sexual assault against a child.
Criscuolo waived a Monday court appearance and refused to testify in front of a grand jury.
The alleged victim is one of Criscuolo’s fifth grade students at P.S. 386 in Fordham Heights, police said. According to the criminal complaint, the alleged abuse of the 10-year-old girl had been going on for at least two months.
The family of the 10-year-old girl is demanding justice.
‘They destroyed the life of that little girl who was just starting to grow and develop, and become a little girl, not even a teenager, so it’s very hard fro them,” the girl’s cousin Lourdes Murphy said.
St. Sen. Ruben Diaz and other officials stood with Maria Reyes, the alleged victim’s grandmother, at a rally outside Bronx Criminal Court where 40-year-old Anthony Criscuolo was scheduled to appear Monday.
His attorney said Criscuolo waived his appearance in court on Monday because he didn’t want to face the media or the girl’s family, CBS 2’s Kathryn Brown reported.
“I don’t sleep, I cannot eat because that beast took my life, he broke my heart,” Reyes said through a translator. “I need the full extent of the weight of the law to be put in this case because I don’t want this to keep happening to other children.”