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Miramonte Elementary Teacher Accused Of Fondling Student Free On Bond

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A Miramonte Elementary School teacher accused of fondling a student is free on bond Friday morning, sheriff’s officials said.

KNX 1070′s John Brooks reports that Martin Springer was released on $300,000 bond. He left Men’s Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles about 2 a.m. Friday.

The 49-year-old was fitted with a court-ordered ankle monitoring device before his release. Springer was also ordered to stay more than 100 yards away from any potential witnesses and more than 100 feet away from any park, school or playground.

Springer pleaded not guilty Tuesday to three counts of lewd acts on a child. He was arrested on Feb. 3 after a former female student said Springer fondled her. The alleged crimes took place in Springer’s second grade classroom between April and June of 2009.

He taught at Miramonte Elementary School for 25 years prior to his arrest. He was fired from the Los Angeles Unified School District Tuesday and has 30 days to appeal the school board’s decision.

Springer’s next court date is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 16 in downtown Los Angeles.

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