Police: Former Teacher Blindfolded, Photographed 23 Students
LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said that a former Miramonte Elementary School teacher bound and gagged 23 students between the ages of 7 and 10, put cockroaches on some of their faces and posed in photos with them.
Police arrested Mark Berndt Jan. 30, the Associated Press reports. An investigation into Berndt was launched after a film processor gave authorities approximately 40 photographs showing blindfolded children in a classroom.
Some of the photos showed girls with a spoon up to their mouths. A spoon found in a trash can in Berndt’s classroom tested positive for semen.
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