Upstate DA admits he'd acted in porn films

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CORTLAND -- A district attorney upstate has admitted that he acted in pornographic movies in the 1970s, then lied when questioned about it during his second campaign.

Mark Suben, the DA in Cortland County near Syracuse since 2008, held a news conference yesterday to say he had lied about his past in the days before this year's election.

"Recently materials have been circulated alleging that I was involved in the adult film industry about 40 years ago in New York. Those allegations are true," he said. " . . . I was also an actor in other venues including off Broadway, soap operas and commercial advertisements."

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He apologized for his actions and said he used "bad judgment" by acting in porn and by lying about it. On his way out of the news conference, several people said, "You lied to me, Mark."

Suben's spokeswoman, Aimee Milks, said Suben will not resign. Suben has been an acting city court judge, city corporation counsel and a county attorney. He is past president of the Cortland County Bar Association. -- AP

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