L.A. Sheriff's Department
Accused teacher Mark Berndt.
An arraignment is scheduled for Mark Berndt, the former Miramonte Elementary School teacher arrested for multiple counts of lewd acts with children, on Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. Berndt, who taught at the school for 30 years, has been accused by police of taking photos of blindfolded and gagged students with roaches on their faces or spoons of semen held to their mouths.
His arrest on Jan. 30 was the first in a series of child-abuse related arrests since then, including one of Berndt's fellow teachers, Martin Springer, who is being charged with lewd acts relating to one child.
Since then, the school's staff has been entirely replaced.