LAUSD Molestations Spark Grim Federal Complaint
Among other things, Berndt is accused of spoonfeeding his semen to blindfolded children, or putting it on crackers or cookies for them to eat. He also placed cockroaches and other bugs on the children, and videotaped and photographed the acts, according to the complaint.
“Berndt is a true serial sexual pervert and child molester,” the complaint states.
The parents accuse LAUSD of negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, violation of the Bane Act, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Members of the LAUSD Board of Education and Superintendent John Deasy are among the named defendants.
A similar complaint was filed at the same court on May 4.
According to the lawsuits, Berndt was hired even though he had a criminal record for child abuse and had been accused of sexual abuse in previous teaching jobs.
The parents say that in the early 1990s Miramonte students complained that Berndt had sexually abused them, but “the charges were blatantly ignored and the children were told in essence: ‘Stop making up stories.’”
LAUSD’s inaction allowed Berndt to sexually abuse Miramonte students for “over two decades unfettered,” according to the new complaint.