Skip to comments.$23M Bond Set For Teacher Accused Of 'Bondage' Pics
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.
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If the charges are proven true, this man needs to be executed, and the sooner the better.
wayne right now I am ready to bring back public flogging like the Puritans did. This is just beyond disgusting.
They are quite real and walking among us...
I can’t wait for the Democrat response to this: “He did it because of insufficient school funding.”
I’ll bring the rope!
Hanging is too good. I say set his neck across the railroad track and let a train cut his head off his freakin shoulders.
won’t that derail the train?
He should already be at room temp. It is his DNA on the plastic spoons right?
Not if it goes really slow...so he could feel every second of it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BTW, these photos or similiar have probably already been posted on the internet.
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.
He’s gay, and the children were all young boys...
Oh, those naughty teachers, they really keep the Homeschooling Ping List busy.