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Teacher Anthony Criscuolo Rapes 10-Year-Old Student, Apologizes for Being 'Too Rough'

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A New York teacher from the Bronx is accused of raping a 10-year-old student, and afterward sending her an apology email saying he was "too rough" but "it's normal."

Anthony Criscuolo, 40, sent the email to the girl, who is in fifth grade, on Tuesday.

It was just 24 hours prior that he raped her inside of his car that was parked out of Soundview School.

"I was too rough. Sorry," he wrote. "It's normal. You may feel pain for a few days."

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He is being held on $750,000 bond and $500,000 cash bail and faces various charges including rape, predatory sexual assault against a child and endangering the welfare of a child.

Parents of the girl called police on Wednesday after they found he had sent a number of explicit emails to her.

Before that, Criscuolo told the girl's parents that she was getting an academic award and received permission to drive her to the fake ceremony.

A letter he faked even said the girl wrote an award-winning essay.

The girl, excited to receive the award, eagerly jumped in his car to go to what she thought was a ceremony. Instead, Criscuolo drove her to a Queens parking lot and raped her inside the car. 

Because his windows were tinted, passersby did not see the crime.

"If these facts are proven to be correct, it's really a totally outrageous situation," NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly said. 

The man worked as a teacher for New York City public schools since 2002. Investigators are looking to determine if there were other victims.

Sources: Daily Mail, CBS