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Former teacher accused of trying to kiss student faces judge

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SHELTON, CT (WFSB) -

A former high school teacher accused of trying to kiss one of his students faced a judge on Tuesday morning.

Police arrested George Perduta, 57, earlier this month, charging him with disorderly conduct.

After the allegations surfaced, Perduta resigned from his job at Shelton High School and from his position on the Berlin Board of Education.

In court, his attorney entered a not guilty plea and said they will fight the charge.

"This is a tremendous waste of judicial resources, to arrest somebody on a disorderly conduct charge,” said Attorney Diane Polan.

In April, police said Perduta took a then 17-year-old senior out to dinner.

According to the police affidavit, Perduta allegedly asked the girl “what type of relationship did she want to have with him,” also asking that if he bought her a plane ticket to Europe would she go with him.

The teen told police that after dinner, Perduta, who was her sophomore math teacher and mentor, tried kissing her.

She told police she lowered her head with the kiss landing on her forehead.

That is when Perduta allegedly said “I’m probably not going to see you after this.”

"I was honestly shocked, because he was such a good teacher. Everyone loved him. It was so sudden,” said Kayla Infante, a Shelton High School junior.

"I didn't have him as a teacher, but everyone seemed to like him,” said Ryan Rockwell, a Shelton high school junior.

Perduta, a long time math teacher at Shelton High School, helped coach the boy’s swim team at one point and resigned this past spring.

He is also a father to nine children.

He is not to have any contact with the student.

"We've pleaded not guilty, we've asked for a jury trial. They should spend their time prosecuting a real crime,” Polan said.

He is due back in court in November.

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