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California middle school teacher fired for porn loses appeal

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 10:54 a.m. HST, Jan 16, 2013

OXNARD, Calif. » A middle-school science teacher fired after students learned she had appeared in pornographic movies had hoped not just to get her job back, but to set a precedent for people looking to escape an embarrassing personal history.

A three-judge commission put a decisive stop to both, saying firmly and unanimously that Stacie Halas should not be in the classroom.

"We were hoping we could show you could overcome your past," Halas lawyer Richard Schwab said Tuesday. "I think she's representative of a lot of people who may have a past that may not involve anything illegal or anything that hurts anybody."

Judge Julie Cabos-Owen said such a past matters in an age when technology makes porn easy to access and hard to bury.

"Although her pornography career has concluded, the ongoing availability of her pornographic materials on the Internet will continue to impede her from being an effective teacher and respected colleague," Cabos-Owen said in the 46-page decision issued Friday by the Commission on Professional Competence.

Halas, 32, was continually deceitful about her nine-month career in porn before she went to work at the school, the judges said.

Schwab said Halas "was being honest and forthright, but was embarrassed and humiliated by her past experience in the adult industry."

Halas was fired in April from her job as a science teacher at Haydock Intermediate School in Oxnard after online videos of her in porn were discovered by students and teachers.

Student claims that the teacher was moonlighting as a porn star were initially dismissed after school officials said they couldn't find any images of her on the Internet — but they were using the school's computers, which don't allow access to porn.

Teachers then showed administrators downloads of Halas' sex videos from their smartphones.

In hearings, former assistant principal Wayne Saddler testified that at the start of a sex video, Halas talked about being a teacher and he felt her effectiveness in the classroom had been compromised.

After rumors of her performance surfaced, profanity was etched on Halas' classroom window, a teacher testified.

Schwab has said Halas did not star in pornographic movies while teaching in any district. He said she took parts only during an eight-month period from 2005 to 2006 because of financial problems after her boyfriend abandoned her.

District superintendent Jeff Chancer applauded the commission's ruling.

Halas' decision to "engage in pornography was incompatible with her responsibilities as a role model for students," Chancer said in a statement.

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allie wrote:
yikes..when will the horror ever end?
on January 16,2013 | 12:01PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Is age 32 kind of over the hill in this industry?
on January 16,2013 | 12:09PM
Snator wrote:
Do the math mike, she would have been 26 when she was 'doing it'.
on January 17,2013 | 06:54AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Lots of high mileage by 32?
on January 16,2013 | 12:10PM
mikethenovice wrote:
I don't support porn, but I don't think that she should have been dissmissed. She has the right to work after school. And just because her student learned about this, the students can't legally view the adult flicks. She was not exposing herself to the underaged. neither. Would she have also been fired regardless of working at any job after her teaching job? Same thing!
on January 16,2013 | 12:14PM
allie wrote:
It is hard to have patience with men who condemn this woman while consuming pornographic images in great amounts. I cannot blame her. She did this in college to pay bills. America is awash with this kind of thing. I see ads for models and stuff here at the UH. It is all over. I say forgive her as we ourselves need forgiveness.
on January 16,2013 | 01:12PM
noheawilli wrote:
Why isn't the issue about her ability to teach? Some deviant finds something online and gets it over on someone earning an honest wage. Sad.
on January 16,2013 | 01:42PM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
Franklly, I would not want her teaching my children. Other people have been denied a teaching job for lesser things.
on January 16,2013 | 05:00PM
Grimbold wrote:
Pornography is really degrading to mankind. It should be outlawed altogether.
on January 16,2013 | 06:53PM
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