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Mark Berndt, a former 61-year-old teacher at Miramonte Elementary School in Los Angeles is accused of committing lewd acts against 23 children ages 6 to 10, from 2005 to 2010. He allegedly photographed blindfolded and bound students with semen-filled spoons held at their mouths and three-inch cockroaches crawling across their faces, among other bizarre images. After Berndt's arrest on Jan. 31, 2012, his colleague, third-grade teacher Martin Springer, 49, was also arrested and charged with three felony counts of committing lewd acts upon a child. Berndt and Springer's arrests prompted the school board to shutter Miramonte for two days, during which it reconstituted the entire staff.
Author: Casey Glynn