Mark Berndt, a former Los Angeles teacher, baked cookies packed with his own secret ingredient – semen. The unspeakably disgusting incident, in which Berndt blindfolded third grade students and forced them to eat cookies baked with his own discharge, and even coerced children to swallow semen from a spoon, has now resulted in a multi-million dollar settlement between the school district and the families of over 80 children. That’s the way those sicko cookies crumble.
Writes Gawker on Dec. 2: “The years-long litigation involving a Los Angeles third-grade teacher who blindfolded his students and forced them to eat cookies made with his semen ended last month with a $140 million settlement between the school district and the victims. Mark Berndt, 63, had been a teacher with the L.A. Unified School District for 30 years when his behavior was finally exposed in 2012.”
The spunk-laced cookies will cost the Los Angeles Unified School District a whopping $139 million in class-action molestation claims. Details released of the vile crime revealed the the Miramonte Elementary School teacher had hundreds of “bondage-style” photos of blindfolded children being spoon-fed the nauseating cookies in a stomach-churning “tasting game” that Berndt would play with his classes.
Adds the Daily Mail, which carried pics of Berndt: “Plaintiff’s lawyers had planned to present evidence suggesting the school district was aware of sexual misconduct by Berndt three decades ago but failed to act until a photo processor at a pharmacy contacted police about film Berndt dropped off that showed pictures of blindfolded children being fed some substance…. Some of the images that raised a red flag for the pharmacy staffer depicted a spoon filled with a milky liquid, seen in around the mouths of children.”
Spoons recovered from Berndt’s classrooms were tested and matched to his DNA. The case against Berndt was decades in the making – records showed that in the 1980s and 1990s, two teachers on staff at the time reported that Berndt was “exposing himself” to children, wearing shorts with his genitals hanging out when he sat and was also masturbating in class, but no formal action was recorded as being taken against the teacher. Berndt was sentenced last year to 25 years in jail after pleading guilty to over two dozen counts of “lewd and lascivious conduct.”
“Our goal from the outset of these appalling revelations has been to spare the Miramonte community the anguish of a protracted trial, while at the same time being mindful of the financial consequences stemming from settlements,” school district Superintendent Ramon C. Cortines said. “Given these circumstances, we believe we struck a balance between those objectives.”
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