Would You Like This Man
to Be Teaching Your Kids?
Last week, a story surfaced from the bowels of the
always surging and billious American media machine: that at Public
School 99, in Kew Gardens, a very respectable area of Queens, borough
of New York City, a full time occupational therapist, Julian Fantechi
was moonlighting as a Playgirl centerfold model.
The media moguls and bloodsuckers soon zoomed in:
Would you want this naked hunk to be teaching your kid? (With, of
course, pics of said hunk, barechested but not bare-bottomed, showing
in heart-stopping realism that he was . . . Jesus, the real thing. You
know, like pure hunkeroonie—GORGEOUS!)
"I can have this career, and I can also have a heart
and work with children," Julian protested to the Daily News, arbiter of
all things good & sacred in th' Big Apple.
Though the nude modeling curled eyebrows and wetted
a probe by city
investigators, handsome Fantechi's moonlighting doesn't violate school
officials admitted. A state-licensed occupational therapist with a
master's degree from New York
University, 5-foot-10, 37-year-old Fantechi began working with
students in city schools about six years ago, and outside the
classroom, continued modeling,
working for Saks Fifth Avenue and appearing in Men's Health magazine
and other legit publications.
This fall, he also had a small part in the ABC
sitcom "Ugly Betty," providing some eye candy in the form of a hot UPS
delivery guy. (We should all have something this hot delivered,
don't cha think?)
Approached to appear in Playgirl, Fantechi 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 publicly
that he worked as a city educator. He described his August centerfold
and four earlier appearances in
Playgirl as "artistic and
tasteful." He felt confident his
underage students would not have access to the material, since you must
be 18 to be able to buy the publication.
"It's totally separate," he said of his teaching
job. "I haven't done anything that I'm ashamed of."
But, this being the age of constant snoops who need
a reason to get their twats into a knot, a complaint about Julian's
delicious 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.
In mid-January, investigators found that Fantechi's
modeling broke no
rules and posed no danger to kids, schools spokeswoman Dina Paul Parks
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, and who
would feel much better about clothed teachers advising his girls on the
best way to get to hell.
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, and many more liberal-minded (and
realistic) parents have said that what he does on his own time is
his—and at least he's not touching kids in a way that a lot of clothed
adults have been caught doing lately.
"I'd want them to know that just because I was a
has nothing to do with my capabilities as a physical therapist," Julian
O.K. So, go ahead. Drool.
Another view of Julian—for more from Playgirl, click here.