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L.A. Unified establishes hotline for Miramonte Elementary's sex-abuse cases

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L.A. Unified has established a hotline for anyone with information on Miramonte Elementary School's sex-abuse investigations, the district said in a release today.

People can email specialvictims@lasd.org or call 866-247-5877.

School board president Monica Garcia said in a statement that anyone with information of inappropriate conduct should report it. She said the board is "appalled, extremely saddened and devastated to learn of the allegations and events" related to the arrest of two teachers, Mark Berndt and Martin Springer, at the elementary school.

Berndt is charged with 23 counts of lewd acts against a child from 2005 to 2010 and Springer is charged with two counts since 2008 in separate cases.

The board has directed Superintendent John Deasy to continue working with the L.A. County Sheriff's Department, LAUSD's Crisis Counseling Intervention Services and other agencies to provide support to affected parents and students, Garcia said.

Deasy will meet with concerned parents and community members at 6 p.m. at Southeast Region High School.

Tami Abdollah can be reached via email and on Twitter (@latams).

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