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Teacher on leave after report of porn past

Nov. 30, 2011 at 7:45 PM   |   Comments

MALDEN, Mass., Nov. 30 (UPI) -- The chairman of the English Department at a Massachusetts charter school is on administrative leave after officials learned he acted in pornographic films.

The move came after Boston's WFXT-TV reported Kevin Hogan, who was hired in August at the prestigious Mystic Valley Regional Charter School in Malden, had appeared in pornographic films.

Asked about having appeared in pornographic films, Hogan told the station, "I don't know what you're talking about."

The school notified parents in an e-mail Tuesday Hogan had been put on leave pending an investigation, The Boston Globe reported.

The e-mail said school staff had followed normal hiring protocol in checking Hogan's background in California, where he had lived before moving to Massachusetts, the e-mail and school spokesman Martin Gately said.

"What the media outlet has claimed, if true, was not reported by the employee in the application process," the message to parents said.

The school said background checks turned up no problems and "the references the school received for this employee were superlative."

Hogan had applied for the position through a third-party recruiter, Carney, Sandoe & Associates, that performed an initial screening, the e-mail said.

"We do wish to confirm the school's insistence that any applicant for a position here be candid and forthright about disclosing past employment positions," the e-mail said.

Hogan also was the school's crew coach this fall.

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