NYC Teacher Admits She's a Former Hooker, Stripper

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Melissa Petro exposed her prostitution past on The Huffington Post. Credit: Tomas E. Gaston, Splash News


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Melissa Petro, a 30-year-old elementary school art teacher in the Bronx, has admitted that she was a prostitute, the New York Post reports.

Petro revealed her salacious past in an essay on The Huffington Post this month, where she writes, "From October 2006 to January 2007, I accepted money in exchange for sexual services I provided to men I met online in what was then called the 'erotic services' section of Craigslist.org."

Petro used her real name and picture and identified herself as a "former sex worker, researcher, writer, educator and feminist."

Some parents are expressing their outrage that their children were being taught by a former sex worker.

"She's not a good role model. I do not want my daughters to find out about this," says Yocelyn Quezada, the mother of two of Petro's students, "and I do not want my daughters to be around that kind of person."

The Department of Education's press office says Petro had been reassigned to administrative duties pending an investigation, the Post reports.

Petro declined to speak with the Post, but it's clear from her essay that she knew what was at stake. She writes, "I hope to never again make the choice to trade sex for cash even as I risk my current job and social standing to speak out for an individual's right to do so."

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