‘Douche du Jour’: Ex-L.A. Teacher Mark Berndt Charged with Molesting, Spoon-Feeding Semen to 23 Children
A longtime southern California teacher has been arrested and charged with child molestation following the discovery of hundreds of photos showing blindfolded children with their mouths taped, subjected to various shocking abuses including having cockroaches placed on their faces and being force-fed spoonfuls of semen.
The Associated Press reports that 61-year-old Mark Berndt, who taught at Miramonte Elementary School in an unincorporated area of South Los Angeles for more than 30 years, was arrested at his Torrance home after a film processor gave police 40 photos showing young children blindfolded in a classroom with their mouths taped and cockroaches on their faces.
Some of the photos showed Berndt with his arms around children or with his hands placed over their mouths. Other images showed girls with spoons with a clear-white liquid up to their mouths. Police testing determined that the substance was semen, which was fed to the victims on cookies or spoons. None of the photos actually shows the children eating the liquid, but they told police that they didn’t like the taste.
After a search of Berndt’s home and classroom, some 390 photos were discovered. A total of 23 children, 10 of whom have yet to be identified, were in them. Their ages range from 6 to 10 years old.
“I am sickened and horrified by the behavior of Mark Berndt,” Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy said in a statement. Berndt has been fired from his job.
He is being held on $2.3 million bail.
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