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    CA - Teacher Mark Berndt charged with molesting 23 children

    A former 61-year-old elementary school teacher has been charged with molesting 23 children after an investigation by authorities uncovered more than 40 photographs showing victims with their eyes blindfolded and mouths covered with tape, possibly inside a classroom.

    Mark Berndt was arrested at his Torrance home Monday following a year-long probe that began when a film processor turned in the images to law enforcement. Berndt was a teacher at Miramonte Elementary School in an unincorporated area of south Los Angeles for more than 30 years, but was fired by the school district shortly after the investigation began in January 2011.

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    Early in the investigation, Special Victims Bureau detectives recovered a blue plastic spoon and an empty container from the trash in the suspect's classroom. The recovered items tested positive for semen, authorities said, and the suspect's DNA matched the DNA profile found on the spoon and container.

    Authorities are recommending the children be tested for sexually transmitted diseases, the Associated Press reported.

    Much more at link:
    http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/20...ng-23-children
    Last edited by Salem; 02-01-2012 at 12:28 PM. Reason: update title
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    Thread: Most interesting classic unsolved murder cases

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    Thread: Cold But Not Too Old Murder Case List

    This is a listing of newer but still cold cases. As with the above thread we will be adding as we go along. Most of these cases will probably have threads. If you do start a new one, please let me know so I can add the link to the spreadsheets. The spreadsheets may be accessed from the links below.

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    Did that monster lock the classroom door? How could he possibly duct tape children's faces inside the classroom and never have anyone walk in?
    “Every day that they don’t find something is good for me.“ Billie Dunn

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    That wasn't the worst thing he did.
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    Forum: Jury Room
    Thread: Cold But Not Too Old Murder Case List

    This is a listing of newer but still cold cases. As with the above thread we will be adding as we go along. Most of these cases will probably have threads. If you do start a new one, please let me know so I can add the link to the spreadsheets. The spreadsheets may be accessed from the links below.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Belinda View Post
    That wasn't the worst thing he did.
    Yes, I know. I was just trying to understand how he got away with it. I worked in an elementary school. I worked in the office and I always walked through the halls, went into classrooms, taking notes, messages, lunches etc.
    I walked into classrooms with no warning all day every day. Didn't this school have that kind of interactions?
    “Every day that they don’t find something is good for me.“ Billie Dunn

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    Yes, it is bizarre to say the least. I was rather incredulous myself.
    Forum: Jury Room
    Thread: Most interesting classic unsolved murder cases

    This thread currently has over 350 cases with a brief synopsis of each and we are still adding additional cases.

    You can access a spreadsheet that lists the cases in alphabetical order with the page & post number so that you can locate a particular case you may be interested in. It also contains links to any cases that already have a thread on WS.

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    Forum: Jury Room
    Thread: Cold But Not Too Old Murder Case List

    This is a listing of newer but still cold cases. As with the above thread we will be adding as we go along. Most of these cases will probably have threads. If you do start a new one, please let me know so I can add the link to the spreadsheets. The spreadsheets may be accessed from the links below.

    Here is the link for the spreadsheet in alphabetical order:

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    Here is the link for the spreadsheet in country order:
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    Offenders are fast. I started a thread yesterday on a teacher arrested for abusing 4 little boys in class--during movies and reading time. I realize it's shocking but I think it adds to the "thrill factor". Disgusting.

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    The pictures look extremely dissimilar. I don't think it's him.
    Forum: Jury Room
    Thread: Most interesting classic unsolved murder cases

    This thread currently has over 350 cases with a brief synopsis of each and we are still adding additional cases.

    You can access a spreadsheet that lists the cases in alphabetical order with the page & post number so that you can locate a particular case you may be interested in. It also contains links to any cases that already have a thread on WS.

    Many cases do not have a thread. Please feel free to start one in the appropriate forum if you would like to look into one. Should you start a thread on one of these cases, please let me know so that I can add the link to the spreadsheet.

    Here is the link for the spreadsheet in alphabetical order:
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    Here is the link for the spreadsheet in country order:
    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/...FBBcGVid0lmUHc
    =======================================

    Forum: Jury Room
    Thread: Cold But Not Too Old Murder Case List

    This is a listing of newer but still cold cases. As with the above thread we will be adding as we go along. Most of these cases will probably have threads. If you do start a new one, please let me know so I can add the link to the spreadsheets. The spreadsheets may be accessed from the links below.

    Here is the link for the spreadsheet in alphabetical order:

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/...mlNV2lSQ1dDWHc

    Here is the link for the spreadsheet in country order:
    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/...FBIaHRnR1g0SEE

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    I am still amazed at the fact that he found that many children who never told anyone, ever after this long.
    I know kids keep the secret... but once you hit 20 kids, your odds get pretty good that you are going to find one that will tell...
    Wow.

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    I also put blame on the school. The principle and vice principle should be making rounds to classroom's! How else would the principle know exactly what and how their teachers are teaching?

    When I was the SLO for DoDDS the principle, and vice made rounds DAILY!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lera213 View Post
    I also put blame on the school. The principle and vice principle should be making rounds to classroom's! How else would the principle know exactly what and how their teachers are teaching?

    When I was the SLO for DoDDS the principle, and vice made rounds DAILY!
    Even if they were making rounds, the teacher would presumably know what time the rounds took place.
    Just my opinion


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    Spend some time reading Anna Salter's fine book, "Predators: Pedophiles, Rapists, and Other Sex Offenders" and your eyes will be opened. Dr. Salter relates one disclosure after another directly from sex offenders who are incarcerated or in treatment. They are dedicated to being swift and clandestine. They can also accrue an enormous number of victims before they are caught.

    There's no way in the world that I believe that this man's victim list stops at 23 children. Nope.

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    http://www.newser.com/article/d9sk5e...g-23-kids.html

    The incidents occurred during school hours but not all the children were students of Berndt, Marquez said (Sheriff's Lt. Carlos Marquez of the Special Victims Bureau).

    None of the alleged victims told anyone about the incidents and photos, Marquez said.

    "They didn't know they were being violated in that manner. They just thought it was a game," Marquez said.

    The lieutenant said Berndt was placed under surveillance and it's believed he had no contact with children during the investigation.

    Berndt is unmarried, has no children and there's no indication of a previous arrest record, authorities said.

    "I am sickened and horrified by the behavior of Mark Berndt," Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy said in a statement.

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    These are not the first kids to think that sexual assault was a game. Pedophiles are so good at twisting children's minds. There's a reason they are called predators.

    Here's another teacher with a similar MO:

    http://www.news-gazette.com/news/cou...ks-arrest.html

    http://www.pantagraph.com/news/artic...81d99e9a1.html

    Jon White got 48 years for his little "games".

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    Quote Originally Posted by jjenny View Post
    Even if they were making rounds, the teacher would presumably know what time the rounds took place.
    True. But the school I worked in had a very open door classroom policy. We were sent to the classrooms throughout the day, instead of using the phone system. We personally took messages or packages or supplies to the rooms throughout the day, several times ,every single day.
    “Every day that they don’t find something is good for me.“ Billie Dunn

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    Again? This horrible abuse happened again? The sickening details of this case brought me back here tonight after a short hiatus.

    I came back specifically to hug and hold each and every one of you who has ever endured sexual abuse. How horrible and horrific life must have been before you found solace. I am sorry you had to endure this, and my thoughts are with you.

    May this monster rot in hell.

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