LA Teacher Blind Folds Kids, Puts Roaches On Their Faces & Spoon Feeds Them Semen

If this doesn't make your stomach turn I don't know what will. Some people are truly sick and to THINK he is trusted with our children.

 

LOS ANGELES — Authorities say the elementary school teacher told the children that it was a game. Once inside his third-grade classroom, they say, he blindfolded them, gagged them and set cockroaches crawling on their faces.

 

 

And then, Mark Berndt photographed them, creating hundreds of images that would eventually lead to his arrest, police say.

 

 

On Tuesday, Berndt, 61, was sitting in jail on charges that he committed lewd acts on 23 boys and girls, ages 6 to 10, between 2008 and 2010. None of them complained about Berndt’s behavior, authorities said.

 

 

Police and school officials only learned of it when a film processor found Berndt’s photos more than a year ago. Since the discovery, the school district fired Berndt and police put him under surveillance.

 

 

“If it wasn’t for the film processor, this could still be continuing today,” said Lt. Carlos Marquez of the Los Angeles County sheriff’s department.

 

 

Berndt was arrested Monday at his home in Torrance and was being held on $2.3 million bail.

Some parents picking up their pre-kindergarteners at the school on Tuesday complained that officials at Miramonte Elementary School in South Los Angeles should have notified them when the photos were found.

 

 

“My concern is why, if the principal knew this in advance, why didn’t he inform us?” said Gloria Polanco, the mother of a second- and a third-grader. “How long has he been doing this?”

The probe began after the film processor, who is required by state law to report suspicions of child abuse and molestation, turned over some 40 photographs to authorities.

 

 

Searches of Berndt’s classroom and home turned up about 400 photographs depicting children, though the number of pictures may not be the same as the number of kids. At least 10 youngsters in the photos have not yet been identified.

 

 

Some photos showed Berndt with his arm around children or his hand over their mouths. Some photos showed children with live bugs the size of hissing cockroaches on their mouths or faces.

Others depicted girls with what appears to be a spoon up to their mouths as if they were going to ingest a clear-white liquid. Children were fed Berndt’s semen from a spoon or on cookies, Marquez said.

 

Kids reported being fed something distasteful. A blue plastic spoon and container found in the trash in his classroom tested positive for his semen, authorities said.

Police recommended the children in the photos be tested for sexually transmitted diseases. There also may be more victims given the length of time that Berndt taught at the school, Marquez said.

 

 

Authorities could have arrested Berndt on misdemeanor charges when the investigation began but chose to build a stronger felony case, Marquez said. He could get a life sentence if he is convicted.

 

 

Berndt, who has no previous arrest record, was placed under surveillance and is not believed to have had contact with children during the investigation. The childless bachelor lives a few blocks from two parks and an elementary school.

 

The incidents occurred during school hours but not all the children were his students, Marquez said.

 

 

“The reason some of the kids are not his students, per se, is that during the lunch breaks or recess, he’d go out to the playground and entice them back to the classroom,” Marquez said.

“They didn’t know they were being violated in that manner,” he said. “They just thought it was a game.”

 

 

Berndt was a teaching assistant in the Los Angeles Unified School District in 1976 and 1977 and he began teaching at Miramonte in 1979, according to a district work history obtained by the Los Angeles Times.

 

Berndt had no disciplinary actions on file and performed up to standards in his last five evaluations over the last decade, according to the document.

Miramonte Principal Martin Sandoval said he wanted to express his sympathy to the children’s families.

 

 

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy said in a statement that he was notified of the investigation last January and removed Berndt from the classroom the same day. The school board then fired him, he said.

 

While Berndt may be long gone from the school, the incident has left its mark.

 

 

“My children won’t be coming back here,” said Kimberly Kirklin, whose teenage daughter was in Berndt’s class three years ago. “He preyed on our innocents. He tainted a whole neighborhood.”

Berndt is scheduled for an arraignment Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court.

WASHINGTON POST: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/former-la-elementary-school-...

 

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Eww!! I couldn't even read the entire article that was too disturbing he needs to be put under the jail

They should have nipped this ish in the bud when they first learned of this. F*** building a case. They should have arrested him and trumped up the charges if that was the case. If I were a parent, I would sue the school for allowing this man to continue doing that ish and not making me aware of the situation.

I think they fired him when they found out but continued to build the case...

MissBling said:

They should have nipped this ish in the bud when they first learned of this. F*** building a case. They should have arrested him and trumped up the charges if that was the case. If I were a parent, I would sue the school for allowing this man to continue doing that ish and not making me aware of the situation.

Arrest, DELIVER TO  general population with lifers, release why he was arrested..good enough!

OMG those poor babies...and now they have to get checked for STDs? Wow, this world never ceases to amaze me by how many sickos are out there. He is def somebodys old b**** in jail right now.

There is a special place in hell for him... I hope he gets there sooner than later... 

I'm so tired of these grown ups harming these children. I swear people are sick and they make me sick. I hope they feed him semen in prison & violate him in every way possible everyday.

Fed them his semen!?!?!?! Da f-ck!!!! I hope those dudes in jail rape the f-ck outta his ass...rape him to death

While I don't believe in the death penalty, stories like this are changing my mind. He needs to be executed by firing squad. To do this to children who don't know what you're doing is horrible.

 

There are enough twisted adults out there for people to do these kinds of things with. Why pick children?

 

 

I couldn't read it either. Just the title alone was too much. I saw somewhere else that his bail has been set at $23 million. That is probably for his own protection because there are total strangers who aren't connected to any of the kids, myself included, who want to take a bat to this man. smh I just cannot fathom this.

Jay said:

I couldn't read it all but I know through rage if my child was in his class there is no doubt in my mind that if he were in my presense I would of killed him.

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