A Berkeley teacher who moonlighted as a prostitute has retired, temporarily, from both occupations.
Former Berkeley schoolteacher and prostitute Shannon Williams, who said she should not be banned from her daytime profession because of her evening occupation, pleaded no contest Thursday to disturbing the peace and was put on probation.
A prostitution charge against her was dropped as part of a plea agreement. Her lawyer said Williams should legally be able to return to teaching because disturbing the peace is not a crime of “moral turpitude.”
Williams’ prostitution arrest in August as a $250-an-hour hooker gained national talk-show attention, especially after she argued that teachers’ personal lives should not affect their employment.
Wiliams is on leave from her teaching job and says publicity has forced her to take a leave from prostitution as well.