An article in todays Daily News indicates that the parent's at the school aren't all that psyched to find out about this....
oh, and for those who are curious a quick google search will turn up the sort of photos that the parents are worried about. And the last time I heard, most kids DO know how to use google...
Queens PS worker is a Playgirl pet
By WARREN WOODBERRY JR.
and CARRIE MELAGO
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Posted Wednesday, March 14th 2007, 4:00 AM
Julian Fantechi, an occupational therapist at PS 99 in Kew Gardens, graced the August 2006 cover of Playgirl.
A hunky physical therapist at a Queens elementary school holds a steamy second job: Playgirl centerfold.
Julian Fantechi, a full-time occupational therapist at Public School 99 in Kew Gardens, graced the August 2006 cover of the racy magazine and has appeared nude more than a dozen times inside.
"I can have this career, and I can also have a heart and work with children," Fantechi told the Daily News yesterday.
Though the nude modeling raised eyebrows and prompted a probe by city investigators, Fantechi's moonlighting doesn't violate school policies, officials said yesterday.
A state-licensed occupational therapist with a master's from New York University, the 5-foot-10 Fantechi began working with special-needs students in city schools about six years ago.
Outside the classroom, the 37-year-old continued his modeling career, working for Saks Fifth Avenue and appearing in Men's Health magazine and other publications. This fall, he also had a small part in the ABC sitcom "Ugly Betty."
When he was approached to appear in Playgirl, Fantechi said he contacted his union representative to make sure he wasn't violating any city rules. He was given the go-ahead as long as he didn't advertise that he worked as a city educator.
He described his August centerfold and four previous appearances in Playgirl as "artistic and tasteful," saying he felt confident his underage students would not have access to the material.
"It's totally separate," he said of his teaching job. "I haven't done anything that I'm ashamed of."
But a complaint about the raunchy images was made to special school investigator Richard Condon's office in November and was forwarded to the city Office of Special Investigations, officials said yesterday.
In mid-January, investigators found that Fantechi's modeling broke no rules and posed no danger to kids, schools spokeswoman Dina Paul Parks said.
Still, some parents said they felt uneasy about a school staffer posing in the buff.
"We don't like that. That's definitely not good. Absolutely not," said Mohammad Alam, 41, who has daughters in third and fifth grade.
Aureia Lamberty, 65, said she planned to talk about the matter with her granddaughter, who attends the school.
"I think it's not good for the children," she said.
But Fantechi said he wants to reassure parents that he would "never, ever do anything to jeopardize a child" and that he is devoted to helping special-needs students.
"I'd want them to know that just because I was a Playgirl centerfold has nothing to do with my capabilities as a physical therapist," he said.