LOS ANGELES — The second teacher charged in a sex abuse scandal that has rocked a Los Angeles elementary school is free on bail.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department website says Martin Springer was released at about 7 p.m. Thursday. He had been held on $300,000 bail.
The 49-year-old was arrested last week after two girls said he had fondled them in class in 2009. He pleaded not guilty after he was charged with committing three lewd acts on one girl in 2009. The other girl has since recanted her allegation.
Springer's arrest came shortly after former teacher Mark Berndt was charged with 23 counts of lewd acts upon children. Berndt is accused of feeding his semen to some students during "tasting games" in his classroom from 2005 to 2010.