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Hot story of fired town manager and porn star wife heats up Fort Myers Beach

FORT MYERS BEACH — The town isn't blue-nosed. It's not used to porn-star scandals. Girls bicycle the main drag in bikinis. Families pose for photos outside Hooters. Fort Myers Beach brags it's only 6.2 square miles — 2.9 square miles land and 3.3 square miles water. It makes room for one strip club.

But the day after the town manager was fired — the day after his wife was outed as a "porn star" — the sands of Fort Myers Beach were crawling with media hoping for a sighting. The mayor was going bonkers. Everything that's been said about him and the town was wrong, wrong, he said.

As for the porn star, two days ago she was a nobody. Now she was a somebody, the news of her husband's firing going worldwide. She was also a mystery. Was she a Catholic Portuguese school girl? Or "a priestess of the erotic arts?" Or a bureaucrat's wife, loyal attendee of town hall chicken dinners?

Those who knew her in the past call her a con artist.

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It all started when Steve Nelson got a photo from a friend in Florida. Nelson is editor of Adult Industry News, located in what Californians call the San Fernando "Porn Valley." The photo showed Fort Myers Beach Town Manager Scott Janke and his wife Anabela getting out of a car. The friend asked Nelson, "Does she look familiar?"

Nelson recognized her right away. She was Jazella Moore, aspiring porn actress. She'd sent him some photos more than a year ago, trying to get started. She told him she was a single mom, living near Boston. He was happy to help. She later got the lead in My Best Friend's Mom. Plot summary not necessary.

Nelson never heard from her again.

But when he saw her in the photo, he did some research, found she'd married the town manager last October. He put an item online.

"I blind-sided them."

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Mayor Larry Kiker said Thursday's story in the hometown paper made him go crazy: "Fort Myers Beach fires town manager because his wife is a porn star." His phone rang all day. He denied it so many times he no longer knew what he was saying. So he wrote it down in an e-mail.

Scott Janke came to him as word started to leak, the mayor said. Janke knew there would be a media stink. He also mentioned a "private family matter" that posed another problem. He offered to resign.

Kiker called a council meeting. The council dismissed Janke without cause, they said, for the good of the town. By doing that, the mayor said, Janke could collect severance pay. Kiker said Janke was satisfied.

On Thursday, stories flooded the Internet. Folks called the town fathers idiots.

Janke was holed up at home. "I'm taking some time off from talking to the press to be with my family and get my affairs in order," he said.

But he talked to Steve Nelson at Adult Industry News.

He thanked Nelson for outing Anabela "with respect."

He told Nelson they had always expected to be outed. They recalled a dinner with Florida Congressman Connie Mack. "We sat at his table, Anabela next to the congressman." She and Mack were pictured on NBC News the next day. "She was sh---ing bullets," Janke said.

On Fort Myers Beach, she was known as a super mom with three teenagers. She volunteered for every school fundraiser. She adopted a kindergarten class.

Nelson asked if she'll return to porn now that she's been busted.

"I've kept a low profile because of my husband's career," she told him, "but with all that has happened, we will see. Right now, it's mainly about family."

She said she did have a shoot with Hustler booked for Aug. 5.

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So who is she, anyway? Is she Anabela, or Jazella?

On her Web site, she says she was a repressed school girl, growing up in Portugal, a country "characterized by passion, complexity and languid richness."

She broke free. "I didn't believe the nuns who told us our natural selves were sinful." She liberated herself so that "the paradox of the Madonna/Whore was broken."

Back in Salisbury, Mass., where she lived until two years ago, she presented a different paradox. She pleaded with a real estate broker for help. She described a terrible divorce, said she had an abusive, alcoholic ex-husband and three teenagers. She ran a cleaning company. She desperately needed a home.

Broker Ruth Stewart rented her a home belonging to David and Linda Knights. They worried about her. "She seemed incredibly shaky," David Knights said. After a year, she disappeared. She left word she had a sick mother. She left owing money. Stewart found the house trashed, "literally sh-- everywhere."

"She was a bad number," Stewart said. "She lied about everything.

"Good luck knowing the truth about her."

Back in Porn Valley, Nelson said truth doesn't matter much.

"Everyone who gets in a movie call themselves porn stars," he said. "Jazella was just one of the girls."

Until two days ago.

"Now she's a porn star."

Times researcher Carolyn Edds contributed to this report. Ben Montgomery can be reached at bmontgomery@sptimes.com or 727-893-8650. John Barry can be reached at jbarry@sptimes.com or 727-892-2258.

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