06/12/2013 02:10 pm ET

Cash For Kisses? William Stewart, Elementary School Tutor, Charged With Disorderly Conduct

Stratford police arrested a Connecticut elementary school tutor Monday after he was accused of offering female students cash for kisses.

According to The Connecticut Post, police launched an investigation in March after two 11-year-old students reported the inappropriate behavior to a teacher. The Chapel Street Elementary School reading tutor, 39-year-old William Stewart, has since been charged with risk of injury to children and disorderly conduct.

Police said Stewart invited young girls to his office, where he would then engage in a kissing "game," offering the students $50 to $250 to play. In one such instance, Stewart allegedly offered an iPod in exchange for a kiss.

Authorities also said Stewart used candy as an incentive to get students into his office, the Post notes.

“The subsequent investigation determined that Stewart had acted inappropriately toward female students and these actions led to the charges being filed by the department,” Stratford Police Lt. Frank Eannotti said in a statement Wednesday, according to Stratford Patch.

After being charged Monday, Stewart was released after posting $25,000 bond. He is due back in court on June 20.



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