Book Thrown at Lewd L.A. Teacher


Berndt is in BIG TROUBLE! (LA Sheriff's Department)

Berndt is in BIG TROUBLE! (LA Sheriff’s Department)

Mark Berndt, 62, was a teacher at Los Angeles’ Miramonte Elementary School for more than 30 years. And during his tenure, there was no reason to believe that he wasn’t a great teacher, either.

Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case.

From 2005 to 2010, Berndt sexually molested as many as 23 students between the ages of 7 and 10—one boy and 22 girls. Since his arrest, though, the Los Angeles Unified School District has spent more than $27 million settling cases with 58 of 191 students who were allegedly victimized by Berndt, so the final number of students he molested could be significantly higher.

According to the latest reports, Berndt forced students to participate in bondage and took pictures of them in bizarre situations—sometimes with cockroaches crawling across their faces and other times while they held a spoonful of semen to their mouths, as if they were preparing to take the worst cough medicine imaginable. Berndt even had students eat cookies with sugar and a mysterious, white “icing” on top.

“He would give her some cookies,” the mother of a female student explained. “My daughter told me that the teacher would say the cookies had sugar and some white stuff that was on it.”

Miramonte Elementary, the scene of Berndt's crimes (AP)

Miramonte Elementary, the scene of Berndt’s crimes (AP)

Another angry mother pointed out that “back in the day, you burned them [perverts like Berndt] in wood.” Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge George G. Lomeli responded by saying, “I don’t have the power to do that, nor would I.”

Instead, Berndt pleaded no contest to 23 felony counts of lewd acts on 23 young students. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison, but could be released after serving almost 20 years since he was arrested in 2012.

In other words, it won’t be long until Berndt gets a taste of his own medicine—only this time he probably won’t have the benefit of using a spoon. Prisoners tend to prefer a much different delivery method, especially where child molesters are concerned.

Posted on November 18, 2013, in Perspectives and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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