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HS Teacher Tericka Dye Exposed as Ex-Porn Star

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By Adam Ramirez on March 09, 2011 11:50 AM

Missouri high school teacher Tericka Dye can’t escape her pornographic past. The former science teacher left her teaching job after students discovered X-rated films she starred in the mid 1990s.

Tericka Dye, who also taught under the name Tera Myers, is under administrative leave and does not plan to return to teach at Parkway North High School in St. Louis, CBS News reports.

This isn’t the first time Dye, 38, has been in the news. Her X-rated films, under stage name Rikki Andersin, also cost her a job in Kentucky in 2005.

Dye, a mother of four, asked to be placed on administrative leave for the remainder of the school year, Dr. Don Senti, interim superintendent of the Parkway School District, told KFVS-TV.

Dye's request came after a student asked her about her past, referring to the one or more pornographic movies Dye admitted to making while living in California in the mid-1990s, says a statement from Parkway School District.

Dye also came under fire in 2006 while working as a science teacher and volleyball coach at a high school in Paducah, Kentucky. Teachers there stood by her when she was suspended with pay for the 2005-2006 school year and her contract was not renewed because the superintendent feared her presence would cause a distraction in the classroom, the Daily Mail reports.

"I'm a girl from the wrong side of the tracks who's made a lot of bad decisions in life," Dye said in May of 2006. "Anybody who's been in my classroom could tell you how much I love teaching and how much I love these students, and that should be what matters more than anything in my past."

Parkway North said Dye passed standard background and reference checks prior to being employed in August 2007. School officials said they did not know about her past until a student found the video, and were left wondering if their background and reference checks are sufficient.

But why would a background check turn up anything about her porn past? After all, Tericka Dye did nothing illegal. And should a teacher add 15-year-old references from a porn job she now regrets?

For anyone with a delicate or checkered past, filing out job applications and references is never easy. Honesty is, as they say, is often the best policy. In addition, if you do have minor convictions, getting your record expunged is another option worth considering.

An expungement is essentially a court-ordered process that results in a criminal conviction or arrest being sealed. Sealed, however, does not mean erased. The prior conviction will remain on the record and be accessible to law enforcement and most government agencies. However, it should not show up on background checks.

There are a lot of factors involved in expunging a criminal record. Depending on your state and situation, it may be wise to hire a criminal defense attorney to handle the expungement for you.

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