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High School Teacher Suspended for Starring in Gay Porn; But Some Call It a 'Witch Hunt

“We expect teachers to hold a very high moral standard. They are role models for students."

An English teacher and crew coach at a top-rated Massachusetts public high school is on paid leave after a local investigative report discovered that the new department head had starred in gay pornography as recently as last year. FOX 25 reports on the man known to some as Kevin Hogan, chair of the Mystic Valley Regional Charter School English department, to others as Hytch Cawke, actor in "Fetish World" and "Just Gone Gay 8:"

Hogan joined the district in September, and administrative officials say they did criminal background checks of Hogan in California and Massachusetts.

One parent to a student who Hogan coaches on crew told Fox 25 that she was "disturbed" and "surprised" about the news. “The kids really love him. He's been a great addition to the team. He's a new coach this year. New head of the English department. This is scary.”

Another parent, however, resisted passing immediate judgement saying "Everyone's innocent until proven guilty."

The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, which granted Hogan an educator’s license, told Fox that it would look into the situation, a spokesman added; “We expect teachers to hold a very high moral standard. They are role models for students."

While several parents in the district expressed disgust when hearing that a gay porn star was teaching and coaching their children, other commentators from outside the district have criticized FOX for reporting the story.

Brody Brown writes in the Huffington Post's "gay voices" on what he calls a "modern-day witch hunt:"

"In the latest chapter of this fear-mongering crusade, Mike Beaudet, an investigative undercover reporter for FOX Boston, has placed English teacher and crew coach Kevin Hogan in the community's crosshairs, setting the stage for what appears to be the start of another one of these public crucifixions and character assassinations. "

Brown also brings into the fray new information that Hogan also edited the recently released first memoir from an African-American in the transgender community, Toni Newman's I Rise. 

Brown isn't alone in his defense of Hytch Cawke. Over 100 people have "liked" the Facebook page "Support Kevin Hogan, FIRE Mike Beaudet," referring to the Fox investigative reporter who broke the story.

"Mike Beaudet is a HOMOPHOBE!" writes one commenter living in New York and from Pennsylvania. "What Mike aired was some BS Sensationalized Tabloid garbage that may have ruined a great teacher's career," writes another commenter from and living in Memphis.

Several defenders of Hogan have criticized FOX for publishing an anti-gay or homophobic piece, however, the report makes no reference to the sexual orientation of the video's intended viewers aside from giving the film's titles.

Earlier in the month, Los Angeles-area elementary school parents were outraged after learning heterosexual porn star Sasha Grey was invited to read to their children.

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