L.A. Student Recants Accusations

    Students are escorted to a waiting bus as they leave Miramonte Elementary school after classes Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012 in Los Angeles. Veteran Miramontes Elementary school teacher Mark Berndt, 61, was arrested Monday, Jan. 30, on charges of lewd conduct with 23 children after a film processor gave police photos showing blindfolded children with their mouths taped and cockroaches on their faces. Berndt remained jailed Tuesday on $2.3 million bail. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

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    One of two girls who accused a second teacher at Miramonte Elementary School, currently undergoing an investigation after shocking charges against two teachers, has taken back her story. Martin Bernard Springer, the second teacher to be arrested, was charged on the basis of only one girl’s testimony after his other accuser recanted. The school was shaken last week by the arrest of teacher Mark Berndt, who is accused of performing sex acts with dozens of students, including blindfolding them and spoon-feeding them semen. All of the school’s teachers were temporarily relieved of their duties while the school conducts the investigation.

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