Stacie Halas, a 31-year-old teacher at Richard B. Haydock Intermediate School, is on administrative leave while the Oxnard School District investigates claims that she starred in a series of online pornographic videos under the pseudonym Tiffany Six.
Oxnard School District Superintendent Jeff Chancer, who has seen parts of the videos, has said that the school district is now trying to determine whether Halas' work as a porn star outside the classroom should have any effect on her employment.
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 told reporters in one of the few statements the school has issued on the matter.
It's understandable that the Oxnard School District would want to keep the Stacie Halas story under wraps, but school officials may have more reasons than the Tiffany Six scandal for doing so.
Back in 2010, the very same Richard B. Haydock Intermediate School where Halas worked was in the news for a similar scandal, when two middle school students were caught videotaping themselves having oral sex in a classroom.
'I want those kids expelled.'
Many parents were outraged and shocked when they learned that Stacie Halas had apparently been moonlighting as Tiffany Six online. But some parents who now have children in middle school may remember another, even more shocking incident that occurred on school grounds.
In May 2011, a concerned Haydock Intermediate School parent filed a complaint about bullying at the school to the Oxnard County school district. School administrators were investigating the complaint when someone tipped them off to something racier going on at the middle school: an alleged sexual encounter that happened during a 7th and 8th grade reading intervention class two months earlier.
According to ABC News, officials were notified that two junior-high school students, a boy and a girl, engaged in oral sex during class time. Even worse, some of the students were said to have started recording the two minors going at it on their cell phone cameras.
I want those kids to be expelled, out of the school because, said parent Silva Ramirez at the time. They shouldn't have oral sex in front of classmates.
Ramirez learned of the incident after reportedly seeing some of the cell phone footage from the classroom.
Yes, I have seen the video, Ramirez told ABC. [It shows] the two people doing sex.
Another parent, Rosa Vargas, called for the teacher in charge of the class to be fired, under the assumption that no one in charge of the classroom could have failed to notice what was happening.
'I'm not saying that that was actually what happened.'
The 2010 case, while involving students on school grounds rather than a teacher on her own time, still contains many striking similarities to the Stacie Halas case.
As with the two students engaging in oral sex, school officials only learned of the scandalous incident after parents and kids told them.
And as with Halas now, the Oxnard School District did everything possible to keep the outcome of the story, if not the breaking news, under wraps.
The allegation is that two students were engaged in a sexual act for a brief period of time at the school, Sean Goldman, assistant superintendent at Oxnard Elementary School District, told ABC. I'm not saying that that was actually what happened or not, but we're investigating that at this moment.
Just as in 2010, however, the details of the Tiffany Six case aren't likely to remain private for long.
Back in 2010, the teacher in charge of the reading intervention class was put on administrative leave. While the school tried to stop students outside that class from learning too much, parents reported that their children already knew more about the case than the authorities themselves.
Another parent that lives on my same block, her kid came home after school and she said, 'Mom, what is oral sex?' said Ramirez. What do you think the mom said? She freaked out.
Asked whether the alleged sex act was videotaped, Goldman said, I have no knowledge of any factual basis to believe that, but there are a lot of reports going out, and that's also part of our investigation.
Ramirez, however, warned Haydock parents to check their children's cell phones at the time, because she believed a lot of kids out there had the video on their phones.
There is videotape, she insisted. And probably all of Oxnard by now has it.
As the Stacie Halas/Tiffany Six case unravels, it's likely that this story, forgotten by the media for two years now, will begin to resurface. Between the two students and Halas' extracurricular activities, there are now quite a few strikes against Richard B. Haydock Intermediate School.