The special education teacher in the Bronx who is accused of tricking a 10-year-old's parents into letting him take her to an "awards ceremony" so he could rape her sent horribly explicit emails to the girl, which is how her parents found out. The details are sickening.
Special education teacher Anthony Criscuolo is accused of sending this child a note after the rape apologizing for his "roughness" and asking her how it was. As a parent, I can't even begin to imagine what these parents must have felt to see that. The betrayal of trust is just beyond imagining.
See his exact words below:
I was too rough. Sorry. It’s normal. You may feel pain for a few days. How did it feel for you?
Those are not the only horrifying details, though. Authorities say the abuse had been going on for weeks with Criscuolo telling the girl how much he "liked" her, kissing her, and generally being inappropriate.
Supposedly he told her:
I’m doing this because I like you. I don’t want you to feel uncomfortable . . . If you feel uncomfortable, ask me to stop.
Let's bear in mind: SHE WAS 10. It's hard to even begin to fathom the evil this man is accused of doing and what it will do to this little girl's future. Even worse, other students claim the two often "played husband and wife" and that they were dancing far too close at a Valentine's party back in February. He may have even bought her a real diamond ring. Sick. Sick. Sick.
How long was this little girl possibly being preyed upon? Why did she not tell anyone?
This is the kind of case that just makes your skin crawl and you have to wonder how he managed to be so public about it and there were so many witnesses to inappropriate behavior and yet nothing changed.
We expect our children to be protected at school and no one protected this girl. It sounds like there were countless opportunities to stop her victimization and no one stepped in. My heart just breaks for her.
Do you think people did not put it together?
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