Written by Blueghost1
Teachers are supposed to help your children grow and develop their learning skills and hone in on their talents and social skills. Not 61-year-old Third grade teacher Mark Berndt. His thirty-year experience at Miramonte Elementary School gave new meaning the word experience.
When I sent my only child to kindergarten on what was going to be the glorious first day, I followed the bus all the way to the school and my child said “Mom, geez did you have to go all the way to school? My friends from pre-school were yelling, ‘Hey! Isn’t that your mom?’”
I read this site often and well it has not made me less observant, less suspicious or less cautious. On the contrary, I am an overprotective bear. I distinctly remembered my third grade. It was the year I met my best friend. That friendship has now spanned decades. Therefore, when I found out that this man lived in the same city as her I had to find out if one of her or her immediate family’s children might have fallen prey to this monster.
Well lucky for her the school is located elsewhere from the city of Torrance where this man lived. If I could have notated the address I might have written the address here. Unfortunately, he does live in her city but is in jail on a $2.3 million dollar bond. (That is not going to get him out on a teacher’s salary.)
The children who however have attended the Miramonte Elementary School in Miramonte, California this year or the last thirty years probably were not so lucky. Miramonte Elementary School is in an unincorporated area of South Los Angeles. Miramonte serves a poor, mainly Hispanic neighborhood. More than half of its approximately 1,400 students are still learning English, according to the school’s website.
The perversion here is disgusting so WARNING; the weak stomach and weak hearted please adjust your reading material back to Bambi.
Mr. Berndt was fired a year ago until the investigation could be completed. Completed it was. It seems that Mr. Berndt had a sort of show and tell with the children blindfolded. And he took photos.
Berndt is seen in the photos submitted to authorities by alarmed and alert processing company employees. A statement from the sheriff’s department noted that “the photographs depicted girls with what appeared to be a blue plastic spoon, filled with an unknown clear/white liquid substance, up to their mouths as if they were going to ingest the substance.”
That liquid substance was, yep you guessed it, semen. Berndt allegedly told the children they would be playing “a game.”
Sheriff’s Lt. Carlos Marquez of the Special Victims Bureau said it was determined the children were given semen on a spoon or on a cookie. Investigators recovered a blue plastic spoon and empty container from the trash in the suspects classroom. The items tested positive for semen, and DNA proved it to be Mark Berndt’s according to the sheriff’s department.
None of the photos showed the students actually eating the semen, but Marquez said the children reported they did not like the taste.
It brought mind the movie Silence of the Lambs. Quoting James “Buffalo Bill” Gumb, “it puts the lotion on its skin” and Dr Hannibal Lecter, “I ate his liver with some Fava beans and rice and a nice Chianti.” By a raise of hands, how many out there think he tried other substances beside this? (I know you all raised your hands too!)
There were also photos of children with large live Madagascar-type cockroaches or otherwise called Hissing Cockroaches, on their faces and mouths.” Gross!
Mark Berndt is accused of felony molestation involving 23 children ages 7 to 10 years old between 2008 and 2010, according to sheriff’s investigators. The police department so far have located 26 victims and have interviewed 80 others, but remember he has been teaching 30 years and that is just one year’s worth. You do the math. They are hoping other step forward that have been victimized. These felonies include gagging, blindfolding and forced ingestion, just to mention a few.
Sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau detectives recovered another 250 additional photos from the film processing business. California has a law that requires film processors to turn in any suspected child abuse pictures. A note to the film processors: No that was not cough medicine and fake bugs for Hallowe’en you were seeing. In addition, the children were not depicting mimes for 3rd grade with tape over their mouths.
Police say they have also discovered a DVD depicting adult sexual “bondage,” which investigators say mirrored the bondage-type pictures of the children. The children were pictured with blindfolds and gags and Mr. Berndt had his hand over their mouths. The investigation began in October 2010 when Berndt turned in a role of 35-mm film to be processed, authorities said.
Finally! At least one of the processing companies did follow the law and turned in the photos to police in 2010. Another 100 photographs that were not turned in were found in his home by the police department. Naughty, naughty to the photo processors that did not turn him in. It might have saved some victims the torture and molestation they endured until someone did the right thing.
Another thing, imagine also you as a parent or brother and sister and what you would feel after the police had told you what had happened to your child and that it would be suggested that they be tested for sexual transmitted diseases? I feel like the only justice for criminals is to let the punishment FIT the crime. I mean really FIT it. A death for a death and rape for a rape etc. When you cannot fit it exactly then improvise. A child rape is like a brutal rape for the perpetrator daily until they are dead. I could go on and on if I had time. Taking a child’s innocence from them is so terrible. Like virginity, it will never be restored. If anyone deserves hell, this person does.
The Los Angeles Unified School District agreed last June to pay about $40,000 to settle its dismissal case against former Miramonte Elementary teacher Mark Berndt. The District had dismissed him on the grounds of unprofessional conduct, immoral conduct and evident unfitness for service. Berndt fought the dismissal. The District finally agreed to pay Berndt nearly $24,000 in backpay from the date of his suspension, allowing him to retain his lifetime health-benefits. He also received $16,000 to pay his legal fees. Subsequently Berndt resigned his teaching position.
The District had decided to pay him out to avoid being taken to Superior Court and possibly paying a whole lot more than $40,000. For the article, click here.
Prosecutors had declined to file attempted fondling charges 18 years ago against Mark Berndt, saying that they didn’t have enough evidence at the time. The incident involved a 10-year-old girl. It occurred in September 1993 but wasn’t reported by her mother to officials at Miramonte Elementary School until the following January, after her daughter had seen an “Oprah” show about inappropriate touching.
Mark Berndt has been charged with 23 counts of lewd conduct. He could face multiple life sentences if convicted. To read more, click here.
Does Mark Berndt deserve hell for his bizarre show-and-tell?
- Hell, yes, he probably did a lot more and a lot worse over the years. (97%, 449 Votes)
- No, the children weren't really hurt by his games. (3%, 17 Votes)
Total Voters: 465
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