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Second teacher arrested in L.A. elementary school bondage photos case

Miramonte Elementary School is seen Jan. 31, 2012, in Los Angeles.
Miramonte Elementary School in Los Angeles County, Jan. 31, 2012 AP Photo

(CBS/AP) LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says the second teacher removed from the school where third-grade teacher Mark Berndt is accused of photographing children for sexual thrills was arrested Friday.

The arrest comes just days after Berndt, a longtime teacher at Miramonte Elementary School, was charged with committing lewd acts on 23 children, ages 6 to 10, between 2005 and 2010. He remains jailed on $23 million bail and could face life in prison if convicted.

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy said previously that there are no photos or other physical evidence in the case of the second teacher. He also had refused to say if the allegations against the second teacher were sexual in nature.

A press conference is scheduled for 1 p.m. PT to provide details on the arrest.

More on Crimesider:
February 3, 2012 - Official: 2nd teacher pulled from Calif. school linked to bondage photos
February 1, 2012 - Judge sets bail at $23 million for elementary school teacher accused of lewd acts on children
January 31, 2012 - Bondage, abuse photos of school kids lead to firing, arrest of So. Calif. teacher, report says

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