Kevin Hogan, who taught at Mystic Valley Regional Charter School in Malden since September, has been put on paid leave after Fox has discovered he has starred in gay adult films, such as "Fetish World" and "Just Gone Gay 8." The films were released in 2010 where Hogan went under the name Hytch Cawke, the news station reported.
Hogan was also the chair of the school’s English department.
When reporter Mike Beaudet confronted Hogan about his past, the English teacher seemed caught off guard and simply said, "I don’t know what you’re talking about."
The prestigious school is now conducting its own investigation. In addition, Mystic Valley released a statement saying "We value the health and safety of our students," and that "the school followed our normal hiring practicesThe school did a criminal background check in Massachusetts and California, where Hogan had been residing. In addition, Mystic Valley’s officials said that they received flawless references and that Hogan had been placed at the school by the recruiting company Carney, Sandoe & Associates.
Parents were sent an email by the school, which informed them of the investigation. The news station also admits that Hogan has done nothing illegal.
In a similar case, Shawn Loftis, 36, was a public school substitute teacher at Nautilus Middle School of Miami Beach. Loftis, however, was fired for staring in gay porn under the stage name Collin O’Neal, EDGE reported in an Oct. 3 article.
"Adult performers are often judged to be immoral by American society, with no real basis in fact," said Joanne Cachapero, membership director of the Free Speech Coalition, the lobbying organization for the adult-film industry.
"I saw a video interview with Shawn, where he stated that the judgment of school officials against him was almost like implying that somehow, because of his background, he is some sort of pedophile. I think Shawn is right when he says that."
Loftis argues that teachers do not make a lot of money and that several of them could have secret lives in order to supplement their income. "A woman can be dancing at a bar," Loftis tells EDGE. "She hides it from the school to make extra money on the weekend. Why should anyone know about anybody’s private life?"