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Charges Dropped For Second Teacher In Miramonte Sex Abuse Case

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(FOX 11 / CNS) A judge today dismissed a criminal case against a former Miramonte Elementary School teacher charged with inappropriately touching a female student.  

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Charlaine Olmedo dismissed the case against Martin Springer after the prosecution announced it was unable to proceed, because the girl did not want to testify, according to Shiara Davila- Morales of the District Attorney's Office.

The testimony of the girl, now 12 years old, was essential to the case, and she was traumatized after testifying at a September 2012 preliminary hearing, Davila-Morales said.

Springer was charged with three felony counts of lewd act on a child and three misdemeanor counts of child molesting, Davila-Morales said. "This appears to be for lack of a better word (a) witch-hunt,'' defense attorney John Tyre told the judge at the September 2012 hearing.

"There's nothing to indicate there was any sexual intent...I just think it's gotten blown out of proportion.''

The Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education voted unanimously in February 2012 to fire Springer, who had taught at Miramonte for about 25 years.

Springer was arrested and charged in February 2012, shortly after another former Miramonte teacher, Mark Henry Berndt, was arrested Jan. 30 based on allegations he took photos of students who were blindfolded, had tape over their mouths and spoons of semen held to their lips.

Berndt pleaded no contest Nov. 15 to 23 counts of committing lewd acts on children and was sentenced to 25 years behind bars.

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