A license inspector for the state Department of Motor Vehicles has been charged with persuading a woman to strip off some of her clothing in exchange for passing her driver's test.

Kevin Chagnon, 48, of New Britain, allegedly took advantage of a woman in her 20s who had failed her driver's test several times in the past, police said.

Chagnon was charged Tuesday with coercion, when he turned himself in to Naugatuck police. The charge of coercion is defined as compelling a person to involuntarily behave in a certain way by threats or some other form of pressure or force.

Police said Chagnon was giving a road test to the woman Dec. 13. She had failed the driving test several times previously. Chagnon allegedly told the woman he would issue her a driver's license if she would take her clothes off.

Police said the woman reluctantly took off some of her clothing, but refused to take off all of it and Chagnon issued the woman a license.

Chagnon was released on a written promise to appear Wednesday in Waterbury Superior Court.

When reached at his home by telephone by the Republican-American newspaper Wednesday afternoon, Chagnon said he had no comment and hung up.

Chagnon has been placed on paid administrative leave at the DMV.