He should be going away for a long time.
A former Los Angeles elementary school teacher has plead no contest to all charges, and is expected to be sentenced to 25 years in prison.
Mark Berndt, who worked at Miramonte Elementary School, was charged with blindfolding some of his students and spoon feeding them cookies that were laced with his semen.
This isn’t the first time he’s been accused of this kind of disgusting behavior. (You can read more about his past HERE!)
Most of the parents of the victimized students seemed to be happy with the deal – especially since it’s unlikely Berndt will ever be freed from prison considering he’s 62-years-old.
Here’s what one parent said:
├óΓé¼┼ôHe├óΓé¼Γäós going to jail essentially for the rest of his life. You can├óΓé¼Γäót ask for more than that.├óΓé¼┬¥
Prosecutors apparently were in favor of this sort of deal because ├óΓé¼┼ôthey were concerned about re-traumatizing the children at trial.├óΓé¼┬¥
Berndt worked at the school for thirty years, and was only apprehended after a drugstore clerk noticed the blindfolded students in photographs Berndt brought in to get developed. Police then found a plastic spoon in the former teacher’s classroom that had traces of semen on it.
The teacher used the cookies to play “tasting games” with his students. School officials had him removed from his teaching capacity in January 2011.
One district spokesperson said it is impossible to estimate the sort of damage Berndt inflicted on his young students emotionally.
├óΓé¼┼ôFor all intents and purposes , this man murdered these children emotionally.”
Such a scary and disturbing case.
We’re glad that this man will not be able to harm anyone else, and will hopefully spend the rest of his life in prison.
[Image via AP Images.]