Porn Star-Turned-Teacher Deemed Unfit to Teach: Judge

Stacie Halas appeared as "Tiffany Six" in adult films before becoming a teacher

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    Stacie Halas, the eighth-grade teacher at the center of an adult film controversy, appears outside an administrative court hearing in Oxnard where she fights for her job on Oct. 25, 2012.

    An eighth grade teacher in Oxnard who appeared in adult films for the money before she became a teacher was deemed unfit to teach, a three-member panel of California state administrative judges has ruled.

    "Her inclination to simultaneously engage in employment in pornography and teaching demonstrates her unfitness for service as a teacher," wrote administrative law judge Julie Cabos-Owen.

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    Science teacher Stacie Halas faced sharp questions Friday about whether she was already in the classroom while appearing in hardcore pornographic videos. She denies she ever lied about her past as a porn star to school district officials. Gordon Tokumatsu reports from Oxnard for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Oct. 26, 2012.

    "Respondent, Stacie Halas, shall be dismissed," according to the ruling, which was also signed by commission members Karen Rapien and Cara Comstock.

    The judges on the Commission on Professional Competence said Halas, who taught at Haydock Intermediate School, was being dishonest when she was confronted by school officials about her appearance in adult films as "Tiffany Six."

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    Stacie Halas, also known as Tiffany Six, went before an administrative panel on Monday as she tried to keep her job as a middle school teacher. The panel is expected to take several days to decide if she can return to the classroom. Gordon Tokumatsu reports from Oxnard for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Oct. 22, 2012.

    The 32-year-old teacher was in the spotlight when a video featuring her surfaced on the Internet in April and school district officials voted to fire her, saying she would become a distraction and that she lied about her past.

    Halas appealed the decision, telling an administrative law panel in October that she denied being intentionally misleading about her role in an adult film that surfaced in April and that it preceded her teaching career.

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    The school superintendent in Oxnard wants teacher Stacie Halas fired because she allegedly lied about her past in the adult film industry. However, she testified at a hearing Thursday and explained what drove her into the industry. Gordon Tokumatsu reports from Oxnard for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Oct. 25, 2012.

    She said that she didn't think any videos featuring her remained on the Internet when she was confronted by officials and removed from her teaching post.

    A message left for Halas' attorney, Robert Schwab, was not immediately returned. He told the Ventura County Star that he was considering appealing the decision.

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    NBC4 Legal Analyst Royal Oakes says the idea that the school should be policing your past is something that makes people uncomfortable. That interpretation could mean that Oxnard teacher Stacie Halas, 32, who was fired for appearing in adult movies prior to teaching at Richard B Haydock Intermediate School, could fight her termination. Gordon Tokumatsu reports from Oxnard for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on April 23, 2012.

    "With all due respect to the commission's decision, we do believe Ms. Halas was being honest and forthright but was extremely embarrassed and humiliated by her previous experience in the adult industry,” Schwab told the Star.

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