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    L.A. teacher suspected of lewd conduct keeps benefits

    A teacher charged with 23 counts of lewd conduct in his classroom successfully thwarted attempts by the Los Angeles Unified School District to fire him. In the process, the teacher, who is accused of spoon-feeding his semen to blindfolded children, managed to retain lifetime health-benefits provided by the nation’s second-largest school system.Former Miramonte Elementary School teacher Mark Berndt also automatically receives nearly $4,000 a month in pension from the California State Teachers' Retirement System.Investigators were a year away from filing charges against Berndt, 61, when they brought copies of disturbing photos to the school principal on Jan. 3, 2011, according to investigators. Sheriff's investigators had pictures of boys and girls gagged with tape, blindfolded and some were being fed a milky substance from a spoon.snipHis retirement benefits were never at issue.“A teacher will receive their pension regardless of the reason for their termination because it is a benefit the teacher earned through their contributions and length of service,” said Michelle Mussuto, a spokeswoman for CalSTRS. “Once earned, that benefit cannot be taken away unless it is determined the teacher obtained that benefit by fraudulent means.”Berndt has been receiving $3,891.17 per month since last July.L.A. teacher suspected of lewd conduct keeps benefits - latimes.com
    First off, why this isn't hard news is beyond me. Secondly, How is the Piece of **** even allowed to remain free in the world, and not in prison? Lastly, this is what happens when union control are out of control, a pervert allowed to teach our children, blindfolds them and feeds them his sperm....Good God. j-mac
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    Re: L.A. teacher suspected of lewd conduct keeps benefits

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    First off, why this isn't hard news is beyond me. Secondly, How is the Piece of **** even allowed to remain free in the world, and not in prison? Lastly, this is what happens when union control are out of control, a pervert allowed to teach our children, blindfolds them and feeds them his sperm....Good God. j-mac
    The guy is a pervert because of a union? I know when I read that article I surely didn't think "Those damn unions!!" I just wanted the pervert in jail.

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    The union didn't hire the law firm he hired them privately.

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    Re: L.A. teacher suspected of lewd conduct keeps benefits

    School's right. The pension was earned through his years of service and should continue until his death.

    Which, with photographic evidence of his lewd conduct with children, should be pro-rated for the three days that have gone by this month.

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    You need to get your facts straight. The man was fired a year ago. There was no "union" protecting him to allow him to molest children. Nice attempt at spin though OP!
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    Re: L.A. teacher suspected of lewd conduct keeps benefits

    What kind of God, especially a supposedly good one, allows such perverts to exist? Mysterious ways, indeed.
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    Re: L.A. teacher suspected of lewd conduct keeps benefits

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    [...] Secondly, How is the Piece of **** even allowed to remain free in the world, and not in prison? [...]
    The U.S. Constitution, I guess. Might want to read up on it some time . . . .

    According to a report yesterday, he is being held on $23 million bail. Too much effort spent on being offended rather than being spent on research, it seems . . . .

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    Re: L.A. teacher suspected of lewd conduct keeps benefits

    If a school system wants to take away a teacher's pension for any reason, they need to negotiate it into the union's contract. Receiving Social Security benefits is not contingent on being a good citizen. It is, however, contingent on someone not being in jail. Which is where this guy belongs. Why should a private pension be any different? Blame the union? What? They held guns to people's heads for the contracts they negotiated? Nah. Blame the school districts that acquiesed to their sometimes-ridiculous demands.
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    Re: L.A. teacher suspected of lewd conduct keeps benefits

    Quote Originally Posted by Manc Skipper View Post
    What kind of God, especially a supposedly good one, allows such perverts to exist? Mysterious ways, indeed.
    Funny how people want to bring up God but leave out satan.

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    Re: L.A. teacher suspected of lewd conduct keeps benefits

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    If a school system wants to take away a teacher's pension for any reason, they need to negotiate it into the union's contract. Receiving Social Security benefits is not contingent on being a good citizen. It is, however, contingent on someone not being in jail. Which is where this guy belongs. Why should a private pension be any different? Blame the union? What? They held guns to people's heads for the contracts they negotiated? Nah. Blame the school districts that acquiesed to their sometimes-ridiculous demands.
    Ok, I can see what you are saying Maggie, however, I wonder how much it will cost taxpayers, especially the ones that had the children in this story, to support the pension of the guy that fed their children his sperm.


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