1 Teacher In LA Sex Abuse Case Free On Bail

Published February 10, 2012 10:45AM (EST)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A teacher charged in a sex abuse scandal that has rocked a Los Angeles elementary school is free on bail.

The Los Angeles County sheriff's department says Martin Springer was released early Friday. He had been held on $300,000 bail.

The sheriff's office says he was fitted with an electronic ankle monitor.

The 49-year-old has pleaded not guilty to committing three lewd acts on one girl in class in 2009. He was arrested last week after two girls said he fondled them, but one has since recanted her allegation.

Springer's arrest came shortly after another former teacher was charged with 23 counts of lewd acts upon children. Mark Berndt is accused of feeding his semen to some students during "tasting games" in his classroom from 2005 to 2010.

By Salon Staff

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