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Teacher Fired for Porn Star Past Had First Hearing Today

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In April of this year, Stacie Halas was fired from her teaching job in the Oxnard School District because of her porn star past. Very soon thereafter, she decided to fight the decision, and today, a panel of judges heard her case for the first time.

The Ventura County Star reports that Halas' appeal is being considered by a group including Judge Julie Cabos-Owen, as well as a teacher and a principal lawyer. Halas' lawyer claims she's changed her life since the eight-month time period from 2005 to 2006 during which she acted in adult films.

"Your job is not to judge what she was in her past but what she is today," he reportedly told the judges. "And what she is today, the evidence will show, is a very fit and a very caring teacher."

Halas was outed as a former porn star by some of her students at Richard B. Haydock Intermediate School, who discovered a video with her performing under the name "Tiffany." They told school administrators, who looks the video up on their cell phones (pesky school web filters) and showed it to higher-ups.

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The Oxnard School Board voted unanimously in favor of Halas' termination.