Miramonte teacher from Alhambra to face child molestation trial

A judge ruled Thursday that there was enough evidence for the charges to stand against a Miramonte Elementary School teacher and Alhambra resident accused of molesting a student.

Martin Springer, 50, was held to answer to three counts of lewd acts on a child after his Thursday preliminary hearing at Los Angeles Superior Court.

Deputy District Attorney Darci Lanphere said Springer’s next court appearance is Oct. 11 for an arraignment.

Springer was arrested Feb. 3 after two girls came forward and alleged he touched them inappropriately in the classroom.

He was charged with committing lewd acts on one of the girls. Authorities said the alleged crimes happened April, May and June 2009 when the girl was about seven.

He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The allegations against Springer came out after the arrest of Mark Brendt, another Miramonte Elementary teacher.

Brendt is accused of sexually abusing more than 20 students.

- Ruby Gonzales

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