An Oxnard school teacher whose former job as a porn actress prompted her district to remove her from the classroom appeared in court on Monday to try to get her job back.
Oxnard school officials say they never knew Stacie Halas had appeared in pornographic videos until April.
"You lie to your boss, that's grounds for dismissal," said Oxnard School spokesman Tom DeLapp.
When Haydock Intermediate School officials finally confirmed that Halas had made pornographic videos under another name, she was placed on paid administrative leave. Then, the district began the process of terminating her employment.
Halas hired an attorney, Richard Schwab, who put the blame for the messy situation back on the school district.
"Prior employment is something you would normally look into," Schwab said.
He also argued that although porn might not be a respected industry, it is a legal one. He says Halas did it because she needed the money, and now she's trying to do something different.
"I think most of us have something in our backgrounds," Schwab said outside the hearing room. "And I ask anybody here to cast the first stone."
"What happened six years ago has not impacted her ability to be an effective teacher," he added.
District officials now strongly disagree with the notion that Halas can be an effective teacher. They contend her other job will always be a distraction.
"The fact that she listed being a lifeguard and being at Subway sandwich but chose to eliminate the fact that she was in the porn industry is very telling," DeLapp said.
The administrative panel is expected to take several days to make a decision.