Back in 2012, a teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District was caught serving semen cookies to his students, which sparked a huge legal saga that finally ended on Friday.
The LAUSD will pay $139 million to end all litigation surrounding the case. Even though that sounds like a lot of money, when you hear what Mark Berndt did over his three-decade teaching career.
Rumors of sexual misconduct circulated nearly 30 years ago, but it wasn’t until a pharmacy employee was developing a roll of film dropped off by the 62-year-old educator that there was evidence of the claims.
The photos included images of blindfolded children being hand-fed some kind of mystery food. Grab the Pepto because the suspect sustenance turned out to be cookies covered in Berndt’s own semen.
The dirty old teacher was sentenced to 25 years in prison after he pleaded no contest to 23 counts of lewd conduct.
During jury selection, LAUDC agreed to pay $30 million to settle 65 other cases involving the former elementary school teacher. Friday’s $139 million pay out will be on top of the initial amount they were ordered to disburse.
According to lawyers in the case, it might be the “largest settlement involving a school district.”
Photo: Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department