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Vista L. Follow Us:. Share Tweet. Share: Share Tweet. The lawsuit is being brought by abuse victims of former Miramonte Elementary School teacher Mark Berndt.
At issue is whether or not the school district knowingly protected Berndt, who was later imprisoned for committing lewd acts against dozens of his students. But 75 former students did not accept the settlement offers and they are still suing the district. The trial that's currently getting underway focuses on three of those students in a bellwether case that could determine what happens for all of the remaining plaintiffs. The sex-abuse scandal at Miramonte Elementary School started in after longtime teacher Mark Berndt was arrested for taking lewd photographs of his students.
Lausd miramonte lawsuit: jury selection begins
Berndt was accused of blindfolding his students and feeding them cookies that were laced with his bodily fluids. Eventually, Berndt pleaded no contest to 23 counts of lewd conduct and was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Monday morning, the pool of 75 potential jurors was narrowed down to The remaining part of the day focused on the three plaintiffs negotiating with the school district and a judge, trying to reach a settlement.
Negotiations will continue on Tuesday. If no settlement terms are reached, then jury selection will.
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Brian Claypool represents one of three former Miramonte Elementary students who are part of the first civil trial brought by former victims against the district. I'd like to see permanent changes.
I'd like to see some he roll," said Carrillo. We want to get in front of a representative jury so that the community can see 30 years of abuse.
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