He loved them — and fleeced them.
Queens assistant principal Michael Scaduto shacked up with a teacher he was supervising while cozying up to another teacher on his staff and then pressured each to give him $5,000 for a fictional homeless child suffering from cancer named “Tom,” according to school investigators.
The Special Commissioner of Investigation for city schools found the lying Lothario cashed in further when he convinced the father of the teacher Scaduto was living with to fork over $150,000 for a down payment on a house the couple bought together.
Scaduto, 36, carried out his sob-story schemes while serving as assistant principal and athletic director at the HS for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture, in Ozone Park.
With investigators at his heels, he quickly resigned in August 2015 from the city Department of Education — which has since banned him from future employment — and landed a higher-paying gig at MacArthur HS in Levittown, LI.
“I wanted that community feel,” Scaduto told the LI Herald news site when he started.
One Queens teacher told investigators she began a relationship with Scaduto in December 2014 and they bought a house together with her dad’s cash. In June 2015, she was upset to learn Scaduto was involved with another teacher, an SCI report said.
The first teacher said she gave Scaduto $5,000 “purportedly for a sick child” and $10,000 for legal expenses because he claimed he was under investigation for his romantic affairs.
The second teacher told investigators she and Scaduto had a “close emotional relationship but maintained it was not sexual,” SCI says. As the two grew closer, Scaduto told her he was a “Big Brother mentor” to 8-year-old “Tom,” who had cancer. He later told her “Tom” had died and he was raising money for his homeless family and mother, who also was battling cancer.
Scaduto also told the second teacher he was under an SCI investigation — which was false at the time — working several part-time jobs to pay for a lawyer and “exhausted.” She gave him another $10,000.
But the second teacher was suspicious. She “conducted several surveillances” of Scaduto when he claimed to have lawyer appointments or to be working other jobs, the report said. She found Scaduto “never left his residence.”
The first teacher finally told the second “it was all lies; there was no Tom or SCI investigation.” The second teacher confronted Scaduto, who admitted he lied to her and returned the money, according to the report.
Scaduto, who joined the DOE in 2007, made $122,236 at the Queens vocational high school in 2014-15. His base salary at MacArthur HS is $134,310.
Last month — nearly two years after Scaduto quit his city job, the Conflicts of Interest Board announced it had fined Scaduto $7,000 for violating a law forbidding employees “to request and/or obtain money, favors, or things of value from a subordinate.”
He admitted to the board his charitable cause was fake and he lied to a teacher about needing money for legal expenses. “Instead, I kept all the money that she gave me for myself,’’ he said in a signed statement.
The Levittown School District said it learned about the allegations on Friday, when The Post inquired, saying it was “shocked.”
“Our district takes these allegations very seriously, and will be looking into this further,” Superintendent Tonie McDonald said.
Scaduto, who refused to speak to SCI investigators, did not return messages seeking comment.