Cerabino: Boca Raton porn movie actor-turned-math tutor sues school district over advertising snub


A Boca Raton man with a history in the adult movie business is suing Palm Beach County Schools for its refusal to do business with him.

David Mech used to make his living as a porn-movie actor named Dave Pounder, and still owns Dave Pounder Productions, an adult-movie company.

But the spread of free pornography online has caused the Boca Raton man to look for a more reliable source of income.

So three years ago, Mech, 37, went from starring in such movies as Mini Van Moms 4 and being the pizza delivery guy in Hard at Work to starting a business called The Happy/Fun Math Tutor, offering $50-an-hour tutoring of Boca Raton-area middle school and high school students for everything from pre-algebra to calculus.

“I’ve always loved math,” Mech said. “I’m working on my Ph.D. now on developing math models for public health applications. It involves calculating the probability of contracting STDs.”

To get new tutoring clients, Mech has relied on business partnership agreements with area public schools that hang signs on their chain-link fences advertising his business in exchange for a donation of hundreds of dollars to the school.

“I get about four new students a month per banner,” Mech said.

But those new clients started dwindling a few months ago when the school district removed his advertising signs from Spanish River High School, Omni Middle School and Boca Raton Middle School.

“The connection between the Happy/Fun Math Tutor and Dave Pounder Productions was brought to the attention of the school administration by multiple parents who expressed great concern over the potential for the students using your tutoring services to become subjected to your adult entertainment business,” said a letter from the school district’s attorney Sheryl G. Wood to Mech. “Given that parents within the community have already made the connection between your tutoring business and your adult entertainment business, the principals had no choice but to remove your banners.”

The School District noted that the adult-movie company and the tutoring business shared the same mailing address, and that the school contract gave principals the right to reject “inappropriate business partners” that didn’t represent community values or the interests of children.

Mech countered that the address is just a mail-drop, and that he meets all his tutoring students either in their homes or in public places, such as the city library or a local McDonald’s.

“There’s no cross-promotion of the two businesses,” he said. “My other business is completely legal and separate. If the schools take an ad from an orthodontist, do they check to see if he also owns a bar?”

Mech noted that the schools have banners up advertising a local church and an ale house, both arguably inappropriate partnerships with public schools.

“People who have an aversion to my other business, don’t have to use me,” he said. “All I’m saying is that I have a right to be an option.”

He filed the federal lawsuit on his own in federal court, saying that the advertising snub amounts to a violation of his civil rights.

It’s not the first time Florida schools have faced these kinds of questions.

Last year, the Florida Education Practices Commission ruled that a Miami Beach middle school principal was wrong to bar Shawn Loftis, a former gay porn star with a master’s degree, from teaching at the public school.

And this month, Martin County High School teacher Olivia Sprauer was forced to resign when her principal learned that she had been earning extra money by posing for bikini modeling photos under another name.

It’s cases like these, Mech said, that may provide a future for his Dave Pounder Productions.

“Now, instead of making adult movies, we’re making documentary movies about the adult media business,” he said.



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