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$23M Bond Set For Teacher Accused Of 'Bondage' Pics
http://www.wlky.com/news/30346742/detail.html ^ | 2/1/2012 | Alan DukeCNN

Posted on 02/01/2012 1:45:33 PM PST by Morgana

LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- Bond was set at $23 million Wednesday for a Los Angeles elementary school teacher who allegedly took bondage photos of more than two dozen students in his classroom -- $1 million for each of the 23 counts he faces of lewd acts on a child.

The 400 photographs collected by investigators include some showing suspected semen-filled spoons at the children's mouths, a sheriff's investigator said.

Mark Berndt, 61, appeared briefly before a Los Angeles judge for his initial court appearance Wednesday morning, represented by a court-appointed public defender.

His next court appearance was set for February 21.

Authorities arrested Berndt at his home Monday, and charged him with the 23 felony counts.

"I feel for those parents and for those babies -- those helpless babies," Wanda Mosley, a resident who lives near Miramonte Elementary School, told CNN affiliate KABC.

The chilling accusations were a stunning betrayal for many parents.

"I'm angry. I'm disgusted. I'm sad," Kimberly Kirklin told the station.

The probe started when a film processor gave investigators "over 40 photographs depicting children in a school classroom, with their eyes blindfolded and mouths covered with tape," a Los Angeles County Sheriff's statement said.

(Excerpt) Read more at wlky.com ...


TOPICS: Education; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: bondage; homeschool; publicschool; sourcetitlenoturl; teacher
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1 posted on 02/01/2012 1:45:36 PM PST by Morgana
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To: Morgana

If the charges are proven true, this man needs to be executed, and the sooner the better.


2 posted on 02/01/2012 1:51:39 PM PST by WayneS (Comments now include 25% MORE sarcasm for no additional charge...)
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To: WayneS

wayne right now I am ready to bring back public flogging like the Puritans did. This is just beyond disgusting.


3 posted on 02/01/2012 1:57:43 PM PST by Morgana (I only come here to see what happens next. It normally does.)
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To: Morgana
I don't understand how some people easily dispel the notion of demons as simple metaphors or allegorical devices.

They are quite real and walking among us...

4 posted on 02/01/2012 2:02:42 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Morgana

I can’t wait for the Democrat response to this: “He did it because of insufficient school funding.”


5 posted on 02/01/2012 2:03:06 PM PST by LyinLibs (If victims of islam were more "islamophobic," maybe they'd still be alive.)
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To: WayneS

I’ll bring the rope!


6 posted on 02/01/2012 2:07:02 PM PST by TheWriterTX (All in now for Newt Gingrich)
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To: Morgana
Betcha’ he is a liberal Democrat Obama supporter. Any takers?
7 posted on 02/01/2012 2:09:04 PM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: TheWriterTX

Hanging is too good. I say set his neck across the railroad track and let a train cut his head off his freakin shoulders.


8 posted on 02/01/2012 2:12:05 PM PST by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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To: Yorlik803

won’t that derail the train?


9 posted on 02/01/2012 2:15:41 PM PST by Morgana (I only come here to see what happens next. It normally does.)
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To: Morgana; All

He should already be at room temp. It is his DNA on the plastic spoons right?


10 posted on 02/01/2012 2:17:07 PM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: Morgana

Not if it goes really slow...so he could feel every second of it.


11 posted on 02/01/2012 2:18:42 PM PST by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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To: Morgana

Yes, homeschool!

Tell me again why any conservative would turn their children over to government schools.

They always think it’s only “the other guy’s school” that is pervaded with Liberalism and perverts.

They would never send their children to a babysitter on staff at a company with a history of abuse and perversion, yet that’s exactly what they do every day when they “take their chances” and send their kids to government schools.


12 posted on 02/01/2012 2:21:11 PM PST by fightinJAG (So many seem to have lost their sense of smell . . .)
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To: Morgana

Heck with that!

He needs to be staked out on a nest of fire-ants or lowered slowly into a tank of hungry piranhas.

Actually, the best punishment would be to lock him in the room with the fathers of the children he abused. I am sure they could find some creative ways to express their displeasure.


13 posted on 02/01/2012 2:21:58 PM PST by Ronin (Now 15 kilograms down since August last year. Hell yeah I'm bragging!)
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To: Morgana

What is also disgusting is that this POS was fired, but allowed to return to work so he could “retire” and therefore be eligible for pension and benefits - all in accordance with a UNION agreement.


14 posted on 02/01/2012 2:26:48 PM PST by Churchillspirit
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To: WayneS

Just put him in general population, announce what he’s in for, and look the other way. Unfortunately, we’ll be paying for him to receive the kind of protection those kids never got.


15 posted on 02/01/2012 2:36:31 PM PST by Hoffer Rand (There ARE two Americas: "God's children" and the tax payers)
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To: Morgana

BTW, these photos or similiar have probably already been posted on the internet.


16 posted on 02/01/2012 2:42:26 PM PST by fightinJAG (So many seem to have lost their sense of smell . . .)
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To: Morgana

That must have taken a long time to do. How the heck was the sicko able to do it? Is LA schools that different from other elementary schools? Kids are constantly having to go to other rooms or lunch or recess or the restroom or another class is coming in to do a project or the nurse is dispensing meds or some such and on and on.


17 posted on 02/01/2012 2:51:08 PM PST by bgill (The Obama administration is staging a coup. Wake up, America, before it's too late.)
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To: Morgana

Lemme guess...

He’s gay, and the children were all young boys...


18 posted on 02/01/2012 3:20:46 PM PST by Bon mots ("When seconds count, the police are just minutes away...")
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To: metmom; wintertime

Oh, those naughty teachers, they really keep the Homeschooling Ping List busy.


19 posted on 02/01/2012 5:30:52 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (A chameleon belongs in a pet store, not the White House)
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