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Second Miramonte teacher removed by LAUSD after accusations

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LAUSD has removed a second teacher from a classroom at Miramonte Elementary School, where another teacher this week was charged with photographing children for sexual thrills.

LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy says the teacher was removed from contact with children after someone made accusations against him on Wednesday. The teacher has not been arrested or charged, according to the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.

“A new allegation came to our attention yesterday, and we referred the allegation to the sheriff,” Deasy told the L.A. Times. “We removed the teacher from the classroom and the matter is being investigated, like when any matter comes to our attention.

“There is no determination from the authorities, and the person could be completely innocent.”

Sgt. Dan Scott of the Special Victim's Bureau said police are working hard on the case.

“We have a lot of resources working on it. A lot. In a normal investigation, an allegation is enough to start an investigation. As far as removing a teacher from the classroom, that is entirely up to the school,” he said.

KTTV-TV first reported the development Friday morning.

Third-grade teacher Mark Berndt, who worked at the school for 30 years, was charged this week with committing lewd acts against 23 students, some as young as six.

In addition, a longtime teacher at Hamilton High School’s music magnet program has been accused of sexually molesting at least four students in the mid-1990s through 2010 and is being sued by one former student, according to documents.

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