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L.A. school reeling after 2nd teacher arrested on abuse claims

February 3, 2012 |  2:08 pm

Lawyer speaks at Miramonte

A South Los Angeles elementary school was reeling Friday after authorities arrested a second teacher accused of abusing students.

L.A. schools Supt. John Deasy said he will move quickly to fire the second teacher to be arrested at Miramonte Elementary school this week.

Few details were immediately released about the second teacher. It is Deasy's understanding there are "multiple incidents" involving the second teacher, but he deferred to investigators, saying he lacked additional details.


Deasy said the second teacher has been employed by the school system since 1986 and has worked exclusively as a teacher at Miramonte Elementary.

The case of the first teacher, Mark Berndt, unleashed a firestorm of controversy because Berndt was arrested this week for allegedly spoon-feeding his semen to blindfolded students. The evidence includes photographs of students taking part in what was allegedly described to them as a "tasting game," sheriff's officials said.

An attorney representing a student at Miramonte Elementary School said Friday that children were pulled from after-school programs and other classes to take part in "tasting games" at the center of lewd conduct charges against fired teacher Berndt.

In these games, children were photographed while blindfolded and asked to taste a liquid that police now believe to be the semen of Berndt, who was arrested Monday.

Attorney Brian E. Claypool said his client was 9 when her photograph was taken by Berndt, although she was not his student.


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Photo: Attorney Brian E. Claypool, who said he represents the mother of a 9-year-old female victim, addresses the media Friday at Miramonte Elementary School in Los Angeles. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times