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Teacher porn video allegations generate little parent outrage

March 8, 2012 |  7:19 am

 

As school officials in Oxnard investigated allegations that a middle-school teacher appeared in at least one pornographic video, the case appears to be generating little outrage among parents.

The teacher was placed on leave, but officials emphasized that they have not not determined whether the allegations are true.

"Since the allegation surfaced, the information has spread quickly throughout the district," the school district said in a letter to parents. "We are concerned that students may attempt to view or access inappropriate sites and possibly attempt to post links to pornographic material on their Facebook site and other social media sites."

The Oxnard school board met Wednesday night, and officials expected to field questions from parents about the case. But KCBS-TV said not a single parent from Richard B. Haydock Intermediate School showed up, and no public speakers asked to discuss the probe. The superintendent read a short statement, but the board did not address the issue.

The investigation began Friday when students approached administrators at Haydock and told them they had seen a female teacher at the school in a pornographic video.

Administrators tried to verify the students' claims that one of the teachers was a porn performer, but couldn't find any evidence that the rumors were true, the Ventura County Star reported.

Other teachers subsequently came forward and showed administrators video on a smartphone, allowing them to tentatively confirm that the educator -- who teaches science to seventh- and eighth-graders -- appeared in an X-rated video, Superintendent Jeff Chancer said.

"Maybe it's not a crime as far as the penal code is concerned, but we feel it's a crime as far as moral turpitude is concerned," Chancer said.

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