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Teacher with porn past appeals firing

An Oxnard teacher who was fired after her past as a porn actress was discovered is appealing her dismissal.

Stacie Halas, a science teacher at Richard B. Haydock Intermediate School, was fired by the school board in April on the grounds that her role in pornography disrupted the classroom environment.

In court Monday, her attorney, Richard Schwab, argued before a panel of judges that Halas did not star in pornographic movies while teaching in any district.

In his opening statements, he said Halas acted in them during an eight-month period from 2005 to 2006 because of financial duress.

Nitasha Sawhney, one of two lawyers representing the school district, said Halas repeatedly lied to school administrators about her acting career at the same time students were viewing the explicit videos.

"This case is about whether the students of the Oxnard School District are required to incorporate into their learning environment the choice Ms. Halas made to be a porn star," Sawhney said.

The panel is expected to submit a decision on the case within 100 days after the close of the hearing.

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