The Associated Press
In this undated police booking photo released by the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department shows former Los Angeles teacher Mark Berndt, 61, who was arrested for felony molestation of 23 kids after photos surfaced. Berndt been charged with committing lewd acts with 23 boys and girls ages 7 to 10. AP Photo/ Los Angeles Sheriff's Department)

LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles teacher suspected of taking bizarre bondage-style photographs of children in his class was investigated in 1994 for allegedly trying to fondle a 10-year-old girl.

Sheriff's Sgt. Dan Scott tells The Associated Press on Thursday that the incident allegedly occurred in September 1993 but wasn't reported by the girl's mother to officials at Miramonte Elementary School until the following January.

Scott says the school notified the Sheriff's Department, which investigated 61-year-old Mark Berndt and sent the case to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office, which declined to file charges.

Berndt remains jailed on $23 million bail on felony lewd acts charges.