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Mark Berndt scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday

Mark Berndt

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. 

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Alain Salas, Fremont High School teacher aide, arrested for sexual contact with student

A Fremont High School teacher aide was arrested Monday for sexual contact with a 15-year-old student, another in a string of arrests in recent weeks within LAUSD.

The FBI confirmed on Tuesday Alain Salas was arrested on campus, making it the third such arrest in recent weeks in the nation's second-largest school district. An FBI spokeswoman says he was booked for investigation of contact with a minor with intent to commit a sexual offense.

Salas, whose age hasn't been released, was expected to be charged by L.A. County prosecutors, AP reports.

Superintendent John Deasy says the FBI informed LAUSD that the man was arrested during a child sex investigation, but he's not providing details to the AP.

Two former Miramonte Elementary School teachers, an award-winning Hamilton High School teacher and an LAUSD janitor have all recently been implicated in crimes against children.

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