Palm Beach County

Ex-porn actor, star of ‘Entering the Student Body,’ runs for school board in South Florida

 

Math tutor David Mech, a former actor and maker of porn films, is making a run at the Palm Beach School Board.

 
David “Dave Pounder” Mech.
David “Dave Pounder” Mech.
COURTESY OF DAVID MECH

Florida’s XXX teachers

 David Mech, running for a seat on the Palm Beach County School Board, isn’t the first former adult entertainment actor or model to run afoul of a Florida school district. Here are a few others:

•  Debra Lafave : The pinup model-turned-teacher pleaded guilty in 2005 to having sex with a 14-year-old Hillsborough County student.

•  Shawn Loftis : The male adult film star from Miami Beach was fired from his job as a substitute teacher for Miami-Dade schools when administrators found out about his past as a gay porn actor. The Florida Department of Education denied Loftis an educator’s certificate for “gross immorality,” but a state commission overruled that decision.

•  Olivia Sprauer : Sprauer was fired by Martin County schools last year for moonlighting as an “eyecandy model.” After she was fired, the adult magazine Hustler put her on the cover for a shoot called “Naked payback.”


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David Mech of Boca Raton is making a run for the Palm Beach County School Board with a platform pushing, among other things, more sex education.

Mech has considerable experience in that field, having appeared in a lengthy series of “instructional” videos with titles like Big Sausage Pizza 2, Filthy’s Teenage Delinquents and Entering the Student Body.

Mech is a former pornographer who once worked under the nom de porn Dave Pounder. But more recently he has been a math tutor whose growing business, he says, has been threatened by a decision last year by some schools to remove his advertising banners after they discovered his X-rated résumé.

Mech, who qualified this week to run for the School Board’s District 3 seat, says his adult-entertainment career in the distant past and his filmography have nothing to do with his School Board platform.

“It’s completely irrelevant,” he said. “It’s perfectly legal to produce adult films, and it’s perfectly legal to perform in adult movies.”

His “five-point plan” includes better sex education — “condoms and comprehensive sex education must be available in all of our high schools, and perhaps even as early as middle school” — and improved technology, innovation and secular values.

Still, adult-film careers past and present haven’t sat well with most Florida school boards. Teachers have been fired in Miami-Dade and elsewhere after taking part in racy photo shoots and adult films.

Mech’s own career has been an issue. Schools last year took down banners advertising his Happy/Fun Math Tutor business after they realized he was also the head of Dave Pounder Productions. Mech, who says he holds a master’s degree from Arizona State University, sued the school district last year, contending the removals violated his rights to free speech, due process and equal protection.

In his complaint, Mech said he tutors middle and high school students at libraries and their homes, and not at the business. He also stresses that he’s no longer in the adult-film business, saying he ended his acting career four years ago and hasn’t produced an adult film since 2008.

The School Board has denied doing anything wrong. The lawsuit is pending in federal court.

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