LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Los Angeles Unified School District Wednesday announced it has offered approximately $17 million to dozens of students who alleged they were abused by a former teacher at Miramonte Elementary School.

The LAUSD has offered money to students and families represented by attorneys Luis Carillo and Brian Claypool.

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The settlement covers 40 of the 191 lawsuits filed against the district after former third-grade teacher Mark Berndt was arrested in January 2012 and criminally charged with molesting 23 students over a five-year period at the school.

Allegations against him include feeding some of the students his own semen in a bizarre game. He pleaded not guilty in February 2012.

There are approximately 20 more cases in the legal system after roughly 61 were settled in March.

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The families will have 30 days to accept the offer, according to the LAUSD.

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