BOSTON – A high school English teacher in Boston has been placed on paid leave as the school investigates allegations he recently appeared in pornographic movies, MyFoxBoston.com reports.
Kevin Hogan is an English teacher and crew coach at the top-rated public high school Mystic Valley Regional Charter School in Malden, Massachusetts.
Hogan has worked at the school since September. In addition to his coaching and teaching duties, he also chairs the high school’s English department.
However, MyFoxBoston reports he can also be found on the Internet and in adult entertainment stores under his screen name: Hytch Cawke.
His movie credits include “Fetish World” and “Just Gone Gay 8,” and MyFoxBoston found his third movie, whose title is not appropriate to print, in a local adult store. It features him answering an ad to have sex for money.
Now Hogan will have to answer to his school, which placed him on paid leave while they conduct their own investigation.
It’s not the kind of news the school is used to. Just this year, Newsweek magazine named Mystic Valley one of the best high schools in the country and fourth best public high school in Massachusetts.
The school released a statement saying “We value the health and safety of our students,” and that "the school followed our normal hiring practices," which included criminal background checks in Massachusetts and California, where Hogan had been living.
Mystic Valley also said "the references we received were flawless,” and noted he was placed there by the recruiting firm Carney, Sandoe & Associates. Hogan even has a testimonial on the firm's website, where he writes, "It's amazing with your help I was able to find a school that I never thought existed."
Mystic Valley Charter School sent an e-mail to parents and staff Tuesday stressing the school’s insistence that any applicant for a position be candid and forthright about disclosing past employment positions.
The state department of Elementary and Secondary Education, which granted Hogan an educator’s license, said it would look into the situation. A spokesman for the department added, “We expect teachers to hold a very high moral standard. They are role models for students."