The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

Local News

May 8, 2009

UPDATE: GCC student suspended for off-campus participation in online gay porn

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But according to Gechter, acting in porn helped him pay tuition at GCC.

“When I first came to Grove City, I was pressed for money and I worked four jobs trying to make ends meet,” he recalled. “Money was always an issue as I tried to keep my head above water. Then I started modeling, which earned me significant money.”

In 2007, Gechter signed with Midwest Model Management, based in Canton, Ohio. During a photo shoot about a year later, Gechter was approached by an agent who told him he had the perfect body for the porn industry, which paid much more than modeling.

Gechter immediately accepted the offer. He said he has filmed about 15 scenes since that time.

For the last two years, Gechter attended classes at GCC during the week before flying to Los Angeles, Miami or Chicago on the weekends to film scenes.

“I’d fly out on Friday, shoot, then fly back on Sunday,” Gechter said. “I’ve traveled all over the country.”

“I’ve paid my entire way through school and, truth is, if I didn’t do porn, I wouldn’t be able to (attend) GCC,” he added.

But his college career is in jeopardy since GCC administrators discovered Gechter’s extracurricular activities on April 24. He met with college officials that day and, according to Ms. Clingensmith, “during this meeting the student confirmed he is, and has been, under contract, and in fact was performing in the adult entertainment industry.”

“He also indicated he chose to participate in this behavior knowing it was incongruent with the policies, mission and values of Grove City College,” Ms. Clingensmith wrote in an e-mail.

During a subsequent April 27 meeting, Larry Hardesty, GCC vice president for student life and learning, informed Gechter that he would be suspended indefinitely for one year.

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