OXNARD, Calif. (WWBT) -- A California middle school teacher who was fired after her past pornography career surfaced has lost her appeal to keep her job on Tuesday reports the Ventura County Star.
Stacie Halas, 32, was a science teacher at Haydock Intermediate School in Oxnard, Calif. The three judge panel unanimously decided that Halas was unfit to return to the classroom. Halas has been on administrative leave since the videos/pictures surfaced in March.
Halas was continually deceitful about her nine-month career in porn before she went to work at the school, the decision said.
"While (Halas) failed to establish that she can be trusted as a role model for children or an example of redemption, the circumstances of this case most certainly demonstrate that one's decisions and conduct, particularly continual deceit, must bring with them certain consequences," stated Judge Julie Cabos-Owen.
Halas' lawyer Richard Schwab said the disgraced teacher had tried to be honest but was embarrassed by her previous experience in the adult industry.
"Miss Halas is more than just an individual fighting for her job as a teacher," he 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."
Halas now has the option to appeal the commission's decision to Ventura County Superior Court but there is no word yet if Halas will select to go this route.
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