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Online community rallies around embattled Mystic Valley teacher

Posted by Matt Byrne  December 2, 2011 10:04 AM

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Members of the Mystic Valley Charter School community have mounted an online defense of embattled English teacher Kevin Hogan, who was accused in a Fox 25 report Tuesday of concealing from the school that he acted in pornographic movies.

More than 2,500 people have backed a Facebook group calling for the dismissal of FOX 25 reporter Mike Beaudet, who first broke that Hogan acted in three pornographic films in 2010, before he was hired at Mystic Valley.

Many of the posters identify themselves as current or former students at the Malden charter school.

A separate petition online, apparently started by a Tulsa man, has garnered 450 signatures also calling for Beaudet's ouster.

"Fox, you ruined his life," wrote one commenter, Charles Dobranowski. "Again, for what? Rating? Interest? Utter shame."

"Do you really get your kicks out of ruining a good positive person's career and life," asked Nick Matthews, in a comment today. "So what, [Hogan] did some porn, I'm sure Mike Beaudet has some demons in his closet waiting to spring out."

The story has drawn the attention of at least one high-profile advocate. GLBT-rights firebrand Dan Savage, also a writer at Seattle's alt-weekly newspaper The Stranger, who writes the syndicated column Savage Love, has called for Beaudet to receive the same treatment that he has bestowed on Hogan.

So far the school has been mum on Hogan's employment status. Both Mystic Valley and Hogan have retained legal counsel, said Rick Veilleux, business manager for the school.

As of this morning, Hogan's name continues to appear on the Mystic Valley website as English chair.

In an interview that aired last night, Beaudet said the story was generated by a tip from a viewer.

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