A former Los Angeles elementary school teacher charged with blindfolding students and spoon-feeding them cookies laced with his semen has agreed to plead no contest to all charges, an attorney for some of the victims said Thursday.
Mark Berndt plans to enter the legal equivalent of guilty pleas to 23 charges at a hearing Friday, according to John Manly, an attorney who represents 30 Miramonte Elementary School students and their parents. Manly said he was notified of the plea by prosecutors.
The plea agreement calls for Berndt to be sentenced to 25 years in prison.
Manly called the agreement a victory for his clients and said they are grateful for being treated 'with decency and dignity' by prosecutors.
'He's going to jail essentially for the rest of his life,' he said of the 62-year-old Berndt. 'You can't ask for more than that.'
He said prosecutors urged a plea deal because 'they were concerned about re-traumatizing the children at trial.'
The district attorney's office and Berndt's lawyer declined to comment.