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New lawsuits filed in Miramonte Elementary School sex abuse case

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Attorneys announced Wednesday, Dec. 5 that they have filed new civil lawsuits against the Los Angeles Unified School District pertaining to the child sex abuse claims against teachers at Miramonte Elementary School.

The attorneys for the 26 victims in the claim filed the suits on behalf of the four children who were allegedly abused by Martin Springer and Mark Berndt.

Last week the California State Auditor issued a report that determined that the LAUSD failed to properly report at least 144 cases of teacher misconduct to state authorities, which prompted the attorneys to file suit against the district, CBS reports.

Springer, 49, will stand trial for three felony counts of committing lewd acts with a minor. He pleaded not guilty to the allegations in February and is currently out on bail.

Brendt, 61, is charged with molesting 23 students at the school over a five-year period. He stands accused of feeding his own semen to students and taking photos of students bound and gagged in his classroom. He was arrested at his Torrance home in January.

“Although the school district has yet to receive this latest complaint, we are continuing to pursue an early resolution process with everyone impacted. Our sincerest hope is that through this process we can avoid the potential pain of lengthy litigation while promoting healing and improving trust with the community. We welcome the opportunity to work with Senator Escutia and Mr. Manly through this early resolution process,” general counsel for the school district, David Holmquist, said in a statement released by LAUSD.

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