A "Porn star teacher" has lost her appeal against a ban from the classroom, with a three-judge commission saying "firmly and unanimously" that Stacie Halas should not be allowed to teach children. The middle-school science teacher was fired after her students learned that she appeared in pornographic movies.

Ms Halas had hoped to get her job back, though that will not be the case. "We were hoping we could show you could overcome your past," Halas' lawyer Richard Schwab told the Associated Press on 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." Judge Julie Cabos-Owen said her pornographic past matters in an age when technology makes it easy to access adult movies. "Although her pornography career has concluded, the on-going availability of her pornographic materials on the Internet will continue to impede her from being an effective teacher and respected colleague," said the judge. 

Halas, 32, was continually deceitful about her nine-month porn career before she went to work at the school, though her lawyer said she was "being honest and forthright, but was embarrassed and humiliated by her past experience in the adult industry." She was fired from her job at the Haydock Intermediate School in Oxnard in April after online videos of her porn were discovered by students and teachers.

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