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Sheriff's Dept.: Miramonte Teacher Released From Jail

Martin Springer was ordered earlier this week to wear a GPS monitoring device

By Samantha Tata, Jonathan Lloyd and John Cadiz Klemack
|  Friday, Feb 10, 2012  |  Updated 10:17 AM PDT
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One of two former Miramonte Elementary School teachers accused in a child abuse scandal at the Florence school has been released from jail, according to the LA County Sheriff's Department.

Sheriff's officials told NBC4 early Friday that Martin Bernard Springer was no longer in the jail. Springer posted bond at about 2 a.m., according to a deputy.

An error with the Sheriff's Department website wrongly reported that Springer – the Miramonte teacher charged with three felony counts of lewd acts upon a child under the age of 14 -- was released from jail Thursday night. The inmate information website reported that Springer, 49, was released at 6:59 p.m. but showed no bail amount posted, although his bail was set at $300,000 Tuesday.

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NBC 4 first reported that Sheriff's department officials said they were looking into the matter regarding the website.

Jail records indicated his next court date was scheduled for Feb. 16.

Springer was ordered Tuesday to wear a GPS monitoring device, stay 100 yards aways from all potential witnesses and keep 250 feet away from any school, park or playground, according to the criminal complaint.

He is also prohibited from being in the company of minors without a supervising adult.

Springer’s arrest came on the heels of his colleague Mark Berndt, 61, being arrested for similar behavior. Berndt has been charged with committing lewd acts against 23 students.

No connection has been established between the two teachers. Berndt remains jailed on $23 million bail.

A prelimary hearing in Springer's case has been scheduled for Feb. 16.

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