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Latest arrested L.A. teacher accused of abusing two girls

February 3, 2012 |  2:48 pm


Officials identified a second Miramonte Elementary School teacher accused of misconduct with students at the school.

Martin Bernard Springer, 49, of Alhambra was arrested Friday morning for lewd acts upon a child, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Capt. Mike Parker in a news conference at sheriff's headquarters. Investigators said Springer fondled two girls in separate incidents over the last three years.

Parents apparently came forward this week to lodge allegations against Springer in the wake of Monday's arrest of now-former Miramonte teacher Mark Berndt on charges of lewd conduct with 23 children at the school.


Berndt allegedly spoon-fed his semen to blindfolded students as part of what he told them was a "tasting game." School officials removed him from class in January 2011, when investigators showed them some of the photos.

Springer was teaching his second-grade pupils Thursday when officials ordered him out of class.

L.A. schools Supt. John Deasy has already vowed to fire Springer, as soon as at next Tuesday's board meeting.

Bail has been set at $2 million.


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