Tuesday, September 30, 2014

L.A. school officials knew of student sexual abuse for decades

LOS ANGELES – New revelations from a Los Angeles civil lawsuit show school officials knew of convicted pedophile teacher Mark Berndt’s sexual depravity three decades before he was busted for lewd acts with students.

The former Miramonte Elementary School teacher was sentenced to 25 years in prison last November, but civil cases brought by his victims against the Los Angeles Unified School District. Last year, 63 children and their families settled a lawsuit for $30 million, but a second civil suit involving 70 more plaintiffs continues to unravel Berndt’s disturbing history, the Huffington Post reports.

“In May, Los Angeles Judge John Shepard Wiley said that Berndt may have abused as many as 100 children, citing a 512-page investigative report from the local Sheriff’s Department,” according to the news site.

“Investigators found that Berndt molested his students, getting them to touch him inappropriately and exposing himself to them by sitting in shorts without underwear,” although Berndt’s attorney denies the molestation allegations, the Huffington Post reports.  (more...)

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