Mark Berndt, a 61-year-old former teacher at Miramonte Elementary School, has been charged with 23 counts of committing lewd acts on children with authorities alleging he spoon-fed semen to his students, the Los Angeles Times reports.
According to the Times, Berndt told his students they were going to play “a tasting game,” during which each were blindfolded and sometimes gagged with tape.
Authorities, as well as at least one parent, also alleged semen was fed to students on cookies and on a blue plastic spoon.
Local station KTLA reports the investigation started when a photo processor alerted authorities to photos of Berndt’s which allegedly showed acts of bondage as well as the spoon-feeding.
In total, police report there are 23 male and female alleged victims, all ranging in age from 7 to 10-years-old. They also report the crimes took place between 2008 and 2010.
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