Ex-Teacher Accused of Trying to Kiss Student Pleads Not Guilty

A former Shelton High School math teacher accused of trying to kiss a teenage student on the lips has pleaded not guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct.

George Perduta, 57, of Kensington, was arrested earlier this month.

A 17-year-old student filed a complaint in April, alleging that Perduta took her out to dinner, asked uncomfortable questions about her relationship status and tried to kiss her on the lips.

Officials with the Shelton school system said Perduta was a math teacher at the time of the incident. He was placed on administrative leave and resigned in May.

"The moment that we were notified that George Perduta was seen out with a student last April, the proper authorities and organizations were contacted," Shelton Supt. Freeman Burr said in a statement.

Perduta joined the Shelton school system in 2009 after teaching in Hartford, Colchester, Bristol and Avon.

He pleaded not guilty in court Wednesday and is due back before a judge Nov. 16.

Information on an attorney for Perduta was not immediately available.

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