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Court rules ex-porn star can't advertise tutoring business in Florida schools

In this 2013 photo, Dave Mech displays his sign that was taken down by three Boca Raton schools after a parent of a student looked into Mech's past and found that one of his companies was affiliated with adult entertainment.

In this 2013 photo, Dave Mech displays his sign that was taken down by three Boca Raton schools after a parent of a student looked into Mech's past and found that one of his companies was affiliated with adult entertainment.  (Robert Duyos/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

A federal appeals court has ruled against a former porn star turned math tutor, saying he doesn't have a free speech right to hang a sign advertising his tutoring business at three Florida schools.

The Sun Sentinel reports Boca Raton resident David Mech paid $1,750 to advertise his "Happy/Fun Math Tutor." Palm Beach County School District officials removed the signs after learning Mech was a porn star who acted under the name Dave Pounder.

The 11th U.S. District Court of Appeals on Monday upheld a lower court's decision that the signs are considered "government speech" not free speech.

The appeals court noted that "schools exercise substantial control over the messages that they convey."

Mech sought a school board seat last year but was defeated by incumbent Karen Brill.