One of two former Miramonte Elementary School teachers accused in a child abuse scandal that led to outrage in the community and a staff shakeup at the Florence school appeared in court Thursday for a preliminary hearing.
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Martin Bernard Springer arrived with his attorney at about 10:30 a.m. Springer, 49, is charged with three felony counts of lewd acts upon a child under the age of 14.
He was ordered to return to court April 16.
He was released from jail a week ago after posting bond. Springer was ordered last week to wear a GPS monitoring device and stay 100 yards away from all potential witnesses. He must remain 250 feet away from schools, parks and playgrounds.
He also is prohibited from being in the company of minors without a supervising adult.
Springer’s arrest came after colleague Mark Berndt, 61, was arrested in connection with photos of students that authorities said depicted children with blindfolds over their eyes -- some of the children had spoons of semen held to their mouths as part of what Berndt allegedly called "tasting games."
Berndt is charged with committing lewd acts against 23 students.
No connection has been established between the two teachers. Berndt remains jailed on $23 million bail.