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25 years in prison for L.A. teacher convicted of lewd conduct with schoolchildren

Mark Berndt, the teacher who committed lewd acts against nearly two dozen Los Angeles schoolchildren, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison. The Los Angeles Times reports that Berndt, who taught at Miramonte Elementary School for three decades, pleaded no contest to 23 counts of lewd conduct. Berndt was arrested in January 2012 after a drugstore photo technician alerted authorities to images of children blindfolded, some with tape over their mouths.

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