Charges filed against 2nd teacher from LA school

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Posted: Feb 07, 2012 4:56 PM
Charges filed against 2nd teacher from LA school

Prosecutors have filed a lewd-acts complaint against the second of two teachers removed from a Los Angeles-area elementary school, and the Board of Education has voted to fire him.

Forty-nine-year-old Martin Springer is charged with committing the acts upon one girl in 2009 and is due in court Tuesday afternoon.

Meanwhile, Los Angeles Unified School District spokesman Tom Waldman says the board voted unanimously to terminate Springer and he has 30 days to appeal.

Springer has spent his entire career at Miramonte Elementary School, the same campus where veteran third-grade teacher Mark Berndt is alleged to have committed lewd acts with 23 children between 2005 and 2010.

Berndt was removed from the school in January 2011 and charged last week after months of investigation. Springer was arrested Friday.