Second accused Miramonte school teacher released from jail on bond

LOS ANGELES — One of two teachers accused of sexual misconduct at Miramonte Elementary School in South Los Angeles — an Alhambra man — was released from jail Friday after posting bond, authorities said.
Martin Springer, 49, was arrested one week ago after two girls came forward with allegations that he touched them inappropriately in the classroom, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s officials said.
Prosecutors have charged Springer with three counts of committing lewd acts on a child in connection with one of the girls’ allegations, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s officials said, while they declined to file charges based on the other girl’s claims.
Springer posted $300,000 bail about 2 a.m. Friday and was released from the Los Angeles jail facility where he was being housed, sheriff’s Capt. Mike Parker said.
“He was fitted with a court ordered ankle monitoring device before his release,” the captain said.
The victim was about 7 years old when the alleged molestation took place in April, May and June of 2009, according to sheriff’s and D.A.’s officials.
Springer pleaded not guilty to the charges Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court. He’s due back in court for a hearing Feb. 16.
If convicted as charged, Springer could face up to 12 years in prison.
The allegation against Springer came forward in the wake of the high-profile arrest of another Miramonte Elementary School teacher, 61-year-old Mark Berndt, earlier in the week on suspicion of sexually abusing 23 of his students.
Berndt remains jailed in lieu of $23 million pending his Feb. 21 arraignment, according to county booking records.

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