Former Teacher Arrested in Calif. on Child Abuse Charges

Photos Led to Arrest in Abuse of Pupils*

Former Teacher Arrested in Calif. on Child Abuse Charges

from nytimes.com: A former elementary school teacher who taught in a South Los Angeles school for 30 years was arrested Monday on charges of inflicting bizarre abuse rituals on at least 23 young girls and boys, including blindfolding them, binding their mouths with masking tape, and placing cockroaches on their faces and mouths before photographing them. The man, Mark Berndt, 61, was arrested in his home in Torrance, Calif., by members of the Los Angeles County sheriff’s office, and charged with 23 counts of committing lewd acts upon a child.