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Former Teacher to be
Arraigned Wednesday


January 31, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contacts: Sandi Gibbons, Public Information Officer
Jane Robison, News Secretary
Shiara Dávila-Morales, Assistant PIO
(213) 974-3525


LOS ANGELES – Former LAUSD elementary teacher Mark Berndt is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on nearly two dozen counts of sexually molesting 23 boys and girls between 2005 and 2010, the District Attorney’s office announced today.

Berndt, 61, is scheduled to be arraigned after 8:30 a.m. at Metropolitan Superior Court, 1945 S. Hill St., Department 69, said Deputy District Attorney Ana Maria Lopez.

Berndt, who was arrested Monday at his Torrance residence by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s detectives, is being held on $2.3 million bail.

Berndt, who taught for more than 30 years at Miramonte Elementary School in the Florence area, was charged in case VA123401 with 23 counts of lewd act on a child under 14 years of age involving 23 victims. All of the alleged victims are between the ages of 7 to 10 years old and all but two of the victims are girls.

The Sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau launched an intensive investigation in late 2010 after a film processing company contacted police about photos depicting children in a classroom with their eyes blindfolded and tape covering their mouths. An investigation is ongoing.

If convicted, Berndt faces up to life in prison.

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