Stacie Halas, the eighth-grade teacher at the center of an adult film controversy, appears outside an administrative court hearing in Oxnard on Oct. 25.
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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.
"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."
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.
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.
"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.
By Jason Kandel, NBCLosAngeles.com