<!--:es-->Miramonte parents shaken by arrest of teacher for lewd acts
…Mark Berndt, 61, took photos of children, and may have fed them his own semen, authorities say<!--:-->

Miramonte parents shaken by arrest of teacher for lewd acts …Mark Berndt, 61, took photos of children, and may have fed them his own semen, authorities say

The morning after learning a teacher at Miramonte Elementary School had been arrested for lewd acts with 23 children, many parents remained shaken.
Some said they had lost confidence in the school and were concerned the same could have happened to their children.
Carlos Ramirez, whose 5- and 7-year-old children attend the southeast L.A. school, said he talked with them Tuesday night, asking whether they ever had the teacher, Mark Berndt, and reminding them that if anything strange happened, they needed to tell him.
Berndt, 61, is expected in court Wednesday for arraignment on 23 counts of lewd acts against children. He being held in lieu of $2.3-million bail.
Ramirez said in Spanish the situation left him frustrated because now he «doesn’t have any confidence in the school anymore.»

Joel Godinez, who has a 7-year-old daughter at the school, was especially upset the school did not tell parents that Berndt had been fired because of the allegations, including that he blindfolded and gagged the children, feeding them semen in a classroom setting.
«They should have told parents. It’s just common sense,» Godinez said. «They’re just little kids, and we should have known.»
Yvonne Soto, another parent, was frightened more than anything. She worried something like this could have happened to her son, a first-grader in special education classes. The situation has prompted her to be more vigilant.
«It can happen anywhere,» she said. «People just need to talk to their kids and stop by the classroom every once in a while to see what’s going on.»

Elementary school teacher tied up, blindfolded kids; put cockroaches on them: police
…Mark Berndt, 61, took photos of children, and may have fed them his own semen, authorities say

LOS ANGELES – A southern California teacher is behind bars for allegedly tying up elementary school children, placing live cockroaches on their faces and possibly feeding them his semen from a blue spoon.
Mark Berndt, 61, was arrested Monday and charged with lewd acts on more than 20 children aged 7 to 10 years old, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.
A teacher with three decades of experience at Miramonte Elementary School in South Los Angeles, Berndt was busted after a film processor discovered 40 prints of the dastardly acts and turned them over to authorities.
The photos, along with more sickening pics recovered from Berndt’s home, show the defenseless students bound and blindfolded with giant Madagascar cockroaches crawling on them in a classroom, authorities said.
Several girls were photographed with a blue plastic spoon filled with an unknown clear white liquid up to their mouths as if they were going to ingest the substance, cops said.
Investigators later recovered a blue plastic spoon and an empty container from the trash in Berndt’s classroom. Both tested positive for Berndt’s semen, authorities said.
Sex crimes investigators also found adult pornography in Berndt’s house that “mirrored” the bondage-type photos of the children, cops said.
Hundreds of additional photographs were later recovered by the Sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau from the film processing store.
More than 26 children were identified in the 390 total photos, cops said. Ten kids have not yet been identified.
Some shots depict Berndt with his arms around the children or with his hand over their mouths, and some show children with tape over their mouths, cops said.
Berndt was arrested at his Torrance home Monday and is being held on $2.3 million bail.

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