February 6, 2012 – Five more alleged victims have come forward since the arrest of a former Miramonte Elementary School teacher who has been accused of sexually abusing at least 23 children between 2005 and 2010. According to a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s spokesman, the new allegations must all be definitively verified to determine whether any additional charges can be leveled against 61-year-old Mark Berndt, who was arraigned last week on charges of lewd acts against children. Berndt remains jailed on $23 million bail and could face life in prison if convicted.
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.
Mark Berndt Sexual Abuse Update 2/7/12: A second Miramonte Elementary School instructor was arrested just days after third grade teacher Mark Berndt was charged with lewd acts on nearly two dozen children between the ages of seven and 10. The second teacher was pulled from his classroom after an unnamed individual made allegations against him, Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy said in a statement. Click here to learn more.
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Berndt, who worked as a teacher at Miramonte Elementary for nearly 30 years, reportedly blindfolded and sometimes gagged his victims with tape, telling them they were going to play a ‘tasting game.’ According to authorities, Berndt then used a blue plastic spoon to feed the children a white substance that was later determined to be his semen. The students were then asked whether the substance tasted sweet or salty, authorities said. One alleged victim’s father told the Los Angeles Times that his son was photographed eating a cookie that appeared to be laced with semen.
Berndt was arrested by the LA County Sheriff’s Department on January 30th after a yearlong investigation. The department was tipped off to the suspect when a photo mat turned over pictures of his alleged acts to authorities.
In January 2011, Berndt was removed from his classroom after officials at the L.A. Unified School District were informed of the allegations. He was terminated at the next board meeting. Berndt’s alleged victims were boys and girls between the ages of seven and 10.
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