Court hearing delayed for accused Miramonte school teacher from Alhambra

LOS ANGELES — A court hearing for the second of two Miramonte Elementary School teachers, and Alhambra resident, accused of molesting a student was postponed for two months Thursday.
Martin Springer, 49, was scheduled to appear in Los Angeles Superior Court for a hearing to set a date for a preliminary hearing, however the hearing was continued until April 16, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s officials said.
He was arrested Feb. 3 after two girls came forward with allegation he had touched them inappropriately in the classroom. The allegations came on the heels of the arrest of fellow teacher Mark Berndt, who is accused of sexually abusing more than 20 of his students.
Berndt is being held in lieu of $23 million bail pending his arraignment Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, according to county booking records.
Prosecutors ultimately elected to file charges in connection with only one of the girls’ allegations, citing a lack of evidence for the other girl’s statements.
Springer entered a not guilty plea to three counts of committing lewd acts on a child Feb. 7, and was released from jail after posting $300,000 bail Feb. 10, officials said.
The alleged crimes took place between April and June of 2009, when the victim was about 7 years old, officials said.
If convicted as charged, Springer could face up to 12 years in prison.
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