I don’t know how much national coverage this story is getting, so I thought I would post it here to call attention to Los Angeles Unified School District and the horrific teachers unions that protect people like Mark Berndt and many other sex predators passing themselves off as teachers.
The most important thing here are the children, not the teachers and their jobs. But the unions routinely choose to protect these miscreants and sell the children right down the river. JD
The longtime Los Angeles teacher accused of committing lewd acts on 23 children was investigated for allegedly fondling a girl in 1994, but no charges were filed, authorities said.
Mark Berndt, 61, was investigated for alleged lewd acts on a child in January 1994 after officials at Miramonte Elementary School reported “an attempted fondling,” Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Dan Scott said.
A girl, who was 10 or 11 years old at the time, said Berndt attempted to fondle her over her clothing near her genital area, Scott said. The allegation was investigated by a sheriff’s detective and presented to the district attorney’s office, which rejected the case, Scott said.
The district attorney’s office declined to comment, saying it was prohibited by law from discussing cases more than 60 days old in which charges were not filed.
Scott said he discovered the case Wednesday evening while reviewing records.
L.A. schools Supt. John Deasy confirmed that he, too, had learned of an episode of alleged inappropriate behavior by Berndt “sometime in the 1990s.”
“I don’t have any records in the district of it,” he said. “It’s in the sheriff’s office.”
Deasy has assembled an internal investigative team to examine Berndt’s case and determine if there is a record of past incidents or suspicions about Berndt. So far, the district team has turned up no such internal records, he said.
More details are starting to emerge about Berndt, who was arrested Monday and taught at Miramonte Elementary School in South L.A. for three decades. He is accused of blindfolding children as part of a “tasting game” and spoon-feeding them his semen. In some cases, the children were gagged, sheriff’s officials said, and sometimes he placed giant Madagascar cockroaches on their faces.