California's Miramonte Elementary School teacher Mark Berndt was charged with twenty-three counts of lewd conduct, including spoon-feeding his semen to blindfolded kids.
Berndt successfully thwarted attempts by the Los Angeles Unified School District to fire him.
When police bought photo evidence of Berndt's conduct to school authorities they acted quickly, and removed him from the classroom. That's when the union wheels started to roll.
Berndt had 30 days to challenge his dismissal and hired Trygstad, Schwab & Trygstad, the United Teachers Los Angeles based legal group. The case meandered for another six-months before Berndt finally just cleared out his crap and quit. The catch? Berndt resigned, he didn't get fired. Parents got pissed, but hey, so what....
“A teacher will receive their pension regardless of the reason for their termination because it is a benefit the teacher earned through their contributions and length of service,” said Michelle Mussuto, a spokeswoman for CalSTRS. “Once earned, that benefit cannot be taken away unless it is determined the teacher obtained that benefit by fraudulent means.”
Berndt has been receiving $3,891 per month since he quit and will receive said benefits for life. By the way, he needed the money, his bail was set at $23 million.
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