The head of Los Angeles schools is set to meet with parents of students from a local elementary school where two teachers were arrested for lewd sex acts with young children. Superintendent John Deasy will hold the meeting at a high school near Miramonte Elementary, the school at the center of a controversy that has drawn nationwide media attention. Former teachers Mark Berndt and Martin Springer are currently being held in a Los Angles county jail awaiting trial.
Mark Berndt Sexual Abuse Update 5/10/12: Mark Berndt has reportedly waived his right to a speedy trial, and must next face a hearing where the government will outline its case against him that may take up to 10 days to complete. Judge Shelly Torrealba agreed to delay the hearing until at least the middle of June. Click here to learn more.
Mark Berndt Sexual Abuse Update 2/9/12: The controversy surrounding a Los Angeles elementary school where two former teachers were detained last week on lewdness charges deepened yesterday when 200 more inappropriate photos surfaced. The case of third grade teacher Mark Berndt, who has been accused of such atrocities as feeding his students his own semen in bizarre ‘tasting games,’ has ignited public outrage and a firestorm of international headlines. Click here to learn more.
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February 6, 2012 – Miramonte Elementary officials canceled classes at the school on Tuesday and Wednesday due to the investigation and subsequent aftermath related to the arrest of the two teachers.
61-year-old Mark Berndt, who worked as a teacher at Miramonte for more than three decades, was arrested last week and charged with committing lewd acts on 23 children between the ages of six and 10. Among the charges are allegations that Berndt blindfolded students and fed them his own semen in what children were told was a ‘tasting game.’ Berndt remains detained on $23 million bail and could face a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted.
Four days after Berndt’s arrest another Miramonte teacher, Martin Springer, was arrested on suspicion of allegedly fondling at least two young girls in his classroom. Springer is currently being held on $2 million bail.
Although no connection between the two cases has been established, it is clear that Berndt and Springer knew each other, and that the two took their classes on a pair of joint field trips together.
Classes at Miramonte were originally scheduled to be in session Monday, but a number of understandably concerned parents opted to keep their children home. Several parents pulled their children out of classes immediately after learning that a second teacher had been arrested on Friday. It has also been rumored that a protest is being planned outside the school, but the timing of the event has not been made clear.
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