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L.A. teacher accused of abuse released from jail

February 10, 2012 |  5:26 am

A Miramonte Elementary School teacher accused of fondling a student was released from jail early Friday after posting bond but was required to wear a GPS monitoring device.

Martin Bernard Springer, 49, has pleaded not guilty.

A judge on Tuesday set bond at $300,000 and directed that Springer wear the monitor on his ankle. He must also stay 100 yards from the alleged victim and witnesses, and 250 feet from schools and parks, and may not be in the company of minors without a supervising adult.

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Springer was charged with three counts of committing lewd acts. He was arrested Friday after two students at the school accused him of fondling them.

But the charges filed Tuesday only involve one  girl. A source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the case was ongoing, said one of the two accusers had changed her story.

Springer, of Alhambra, faces a maximum sentence of 12 years in prison, district attorney's spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said.

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Springer's arrest came as the elementary school in the unincorporated Florence-Firestone neighborhood of South Los Angeles was still reeling from the arrest of former teacher Mark Berndt, 61.

Prosecutors allege that Berndt spoon-fed his semen to blindfolded children as part of what he called a "tasting game." Police have collected hundreds of disturbing photos; in some, children are shown with a milky substance around their mouths.

Berndt was charged with 23 felony counts and was being held on $23-million bail.


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 Photo: Martin Springer. Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department