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
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
If convicted, Berndt faces up to life in prison.