January 31st, 2012
01:42 PM ET

Teacher accused of taking elementary student 'bondage' photos

A Los Angeles elementary school teacher allegedly took bondage photos of more than two dozen students in his classroom, including some with suspected semen-filled spoons at their mouths, investigators said Tuesday.

The young students were told they were playing a game and that swallowing the semen, which they believed was liquid candy, was part of that game, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Dan Scott told CNN Tuesday.

Mark Berndt, 61, was arrested on child molestation charges at his Torrance, California, home Monday and is being held pending $2.3 million bond in a Los Angeles County jail, according to Sheriff's Lt. Carlos Marquez.

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  1. ANGELS OF MERCY

    that's not the solution I was asking for. We don't need anymore DUMBING DOWN of our kids now do we?

    January 31, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ANGELS OF MERCY

    I really think that's taking his words to the extreme more than I've ever seen before and even twisting them. But of course what I do I know.

    January 31, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ANGELS OF MERCY

    Oopsy, On topic and off each other, I hope those kids get thru this time with the correct guidence. Prayes to the kids.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jester & jackal

    If only the principals would wander the halls more. Check on classes.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Portland tony

    So we're really OK here with the American school system? For every one of these perverts exposed, there are 10 who are not!!

    January 31, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @tony: maybe ten in the american school 'system', not each school. for every one kid molested their are hundreds of thousands that are not.

      alot of people are trying to do alot of good there. and the wealthy and affluent abandoning them doesn't help..

      don't throw out the baby with the bathwater..

      January 31, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy ©

    Why was Sandusky's bail only $100,000, when this perv's is $2.3 million?
    Say what you want about Cali, they have got the bail thing down pat!

    January 31, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mary

    That one perv counts to the child whos life has been changed. Not sure though what your trying to say there Tony?

    January 31, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    @ Portland tony
    scary but you may be right.
    Hard to believe that this is happening. Don't send your kids to churches or schools and where else?

    January 31, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mary

    PEople tend to get a clearer picture when it's graphic. more over, words have less bit than pics.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    Don't they have any kind of a screening system for these "teachers" ? What the hell is wrong with people. This is just sickening. There obviously are no safegaurds in place to protect our children. And we wonder why our children don't learn anything.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy ©

      Don't parents TALK to their children?
      Don't they vet these teachers?
      IDK.

      January 31, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mary

    @ banasy, The difference if bail may be due to his record.

    January 31, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy ©

      What record are we talking about, Mary?
      I am unclear on what you mean.

      January 31, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      "Berndt is unmarried, has no children and there's no indication of a previous arrest record, authorities said."
      From (Nola.com)

      January 31, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mary

    *in. Rather.
    @ ?? what was not clear? Or is that a haha.

    January 31, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mary

    I did find that Mark Berndt has not prior record from another website's article. In addition to the children being in age range of 6 – 10 years old. A film processor gave the photos to police which then started their investigation. The school serves a mainly Hispanic neighborhood where the children are still learning English. The investigator also said the kids didn't tell because they thought it was a game and that they didn't know they were being violated. The children also were found with "madagscare-type co ckroaches on their face and arms. Lastly, the Authorities have recommended that the children be tested.

    Again! How sick can people be to do they things they do. Until the family is our number one priority, these crimes will continue. And somewhere deep down those kids know they didn't like the "GAME".

    January 31, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy ©

      That's the record I was thinkng of...so why 2.3 MILLION to Sandusky's measly 100 grand?
      Pennsylvania doesn't care as much for kids?

      January 31, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mary

    LOL, That post looks likes a first draft... But oh well there's a lot more Information in that post than the article.
    Practice Practice!!! 😉

    January 31, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mmmmm ♔♕

    how low can low go? these perps have long passed rock bottom...the p0rn0graphy industry, a freed predator, roaming our streets and communities devouring and molesting innocence and purity of souls.

    January 31, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      @ Mmmmm ♔♕, Glad you mentioned that; The investigators found a DVD of adults in se xual bondage games. SICK SICK AND SICK.

      January 31, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
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