FARMINGTON – A former Jay Elementary School employee faces multiple charges of sexually abusing two children younger than 12 within the last six years, since he retired from his job at the school.

Carl Seaward Jr., 81, of Wilton made an initial appearance Wednesday in Farmington District Court.

Judge Nancy Carlson set his bail at $10,000 cash and set conditions that prohibit him from having contact with children younger than 16. His next court date is Aug. 24.

Seaward was arrested Tuesday by Wilton police after a referral by the state Department of Health and Human Services, Police Chief Heidi Wilcox said Wednesday.

John Martins, spokesman for the DHHS, said Wednesday that he couldn’t confirm whether the department handled the case.

The alleged offenses took place in Wilton, Wilcox said. Seaward is charged with unlawful sexual contact and unlawful sexual touching. After Wednesday’s hearing, Seaward was taken back to the Franklin County Detention Center in Farmington.

Last year, U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud presented Seaward with several medals and citations for his service in the Army during the Korean War.

He worked at Jay Elementary School for 15 years before retiring in 2002. Robert Wall, superintendent of the school district, said Wednesday that he wasn’t aware of Seaward’s arrest and couldn’t provide other details.