Teacher offers gummy bears to kids in class in exchange for kisses

A teacher at a Boca Raton charter school is in a heap of trouble. .

He’s accused of using candy to get kisses from children in his fourth grade class.

The sickening act was allegedly caught on surveillance video.

Fourth grade teacher Brian Kornbluth, 28, is accused of going too far, kissing a little boy on the lips while he was alone with the youngster in his classroom at Somerset Academy, 333 SW 4th Avenue.

Police say Kornbluth repeatedly requested that certain male students be scheduled to attend his class.

Another teacher, who felt his behavior was suspicious, went straight to the principal.

Each classroom has a surveillance camera. The surveillance camera in Kornbluth’s classroom was repositioned so it faced his desk, and surveillance video allegedly shows him kissing a boy on the lips February 9.

The boy’s sister tells police when she was in the fifth grade, she and her brother went to Kornbluth’s room to get gummy bears, and that Kornbluth kissed both her and her brother on the lips.

“Can we ask you a question? Can you talk with us ma’am?” we asked as a woman in an SUV sped out of the parking lot at Somerset Academy.

No one at the school was willing to speak with us.

But parents at a nearby park find the story appalling.

“There’s many thoughts that can go through my mind. Completely inappropriate, has no business in the room with my child,” said Jo Ann Zalesky, a parent whose child attends another school.

“That’s wrong. That’s not right, he shouldn’t be doing something like that. That’s inappropriate. it doesn’t surprise me because some adults want to take advantage of kids so in that aspect it’s totally wrong,” said Jameel Juman, a parent of three children.

On the Somerset Academy web page, the school’s principal has posted a letter to parents.

It says:

“The school is currently conducting its own investigation. The teacher will not be returning to campus at this time. Our students’ safety and well-being is always our paramount concern.”

When we showed up at the school we noticed a sheet had been placed over every sign -- possibly in an effort to hide the school’s name from our camera.

Kornbluth is charged with two counts of simple battery and the principal’s letter says he is suspended without pay.

The arrest report says Kornbluth admits to kissing the boy but not the girl.

We called his attorney for a comment but have not heard back.

According jail records, Kornbluth turned himself in at the jail around 7 p.m. Thursday and bonded out shortly after.