LA schools sued in teacher molestation case

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Posted: Jul 10, 2012 2:56 PM
LA schools sued in teacher molestation case

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A lawsuit claims Los Angeles Unified School District officials did nothing to protect students from a teacher who's charged with molesting 23 youngsters in his classroom.

The negligence suit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles contends that the current and former principals of Miramonte Elementary School and other district officials ignored complaints dating back a decade about Mark Berndt.

Berndt was arrested in January and has been fired. He's pleaded not guilty to committing lewd acts with 23 students. Prosecutors claim he blindfolded students, photographed them and fed them his semen.

The suit was filed on behalf of 14 mothers of alleged victims. Two previous lawsuits were filed on behalf of more than 30 former students.