Mark Berndt (right), a former teacher at Miramonte Elementary School, looks to his attorney, Victor Acevedo, during his arraignment in Los Angeles Municipal Court on Tuesday. Mr. Berndt, 61, pleaded not guilty to lewd acts charges. (Associated Press)

Mark Berndt (right), a former teacher at Miramonte Elementary School, looks to his attorney, Victor Acevedo, during his arraignment in Los Angeles Municipal Court on Tuesday. Mr. Berndt, 61, pleaded not guilty to lewd acts charges. (Associated Press)