Huffington PostLOS ANGELES -- It wasn't a veteran crime detective or a neighborhood watch group or even a suspicious parent who helped put a 61-year-old elementary school teacher with no previous criminal record in jail for allegedly committing lewd acts on nearly two dozen children.
It was one of the anonymous photo processing guys at the neighborhood CVS store where authorities say Mark Berndt dropped off his old-fashioned film to be developed.
Berndt is charged with committing lewd acts on 23 boys and girls, ages 6 to 10, between 2008 and 2010 at Miramonte Elementary School, where he had taught for more than 30 years. He was fired in January 2011 when school officials learned of the police investigation.
Authorities say that after locking his classroom door, Berndt would tell the children they were playing a game in which they were blindfolded and their mouths taped shut. Other times he would have them take part in a "taste test" in which authorities say he would feed them his sperm after he'd placed it on a cookie or spoon. They say he also put a large cockroach on the faces of some children.
What a guy. I'm just wondering how this was never brought up at home. Most parents ask their kids "how was school?" when they get home, and not one kid mentioned to say "our teacher gagged us and put cockroaches/did other things to us"?
A taint of disgrace will go to his grave; I'm just wondering how much the people in prison are going to love him. We already know what they do to kiddie fiddlers, but this is something else I don't think I've ever seen/heard of before. :cort:
I'm also quited disgusted by the investigators. They basically knew what was happening, but let it keep happening so they could build a stronger case. Could have been handled much better, not waiting while kids are being spoon-fed semen. :cort:
Teacher of the year? Did he get a medal we have to acknowledge that feat of teaching greatness.
They say he also put a large cockroach on the faces of some children.
I think this guy might have got his wires crossed somewhere down the line...
Emperor Benedictine;5607315I think this guy might have got his wires crossed somewhere down the line...
You don't find it slightly more disturbing that he fed them his sperm flavoured cookies?
Schofield;5607302They say he also put a large cockroach on the faces of some children.Emperor Benedictine;5607315I think this guy might have got his wires crossed somewhere down the line...Biiviz;5607347You don't find it slightly more disturbing that he fed them his sperm flavoured cookies?
If I've read that correctly, I think Benedictine may have been making a crude joke. Take in to account the words he's quoted and the context of his reply.
Perhaps he just had the same cookies when he was a kid and found it to be completely normal :)
...I was expressing my revulsion at this shocking case of animal abuse. I thought that was PRETTY obvious!
Faktrl is Best Pony
10th September 2007
I'm glad I didn't go to public school.
"I'd shush her zephyr." ~ Zephyr.
"A little game of splookie never hurt anyone"
*shudders in horror that she just said that*
Biiviz;5607363Perhaps he just had the same cookies when he was a kid and found it to be completely normal :)
Thank you for being a level headed person. Those cookies are delicious.