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      Mystery man behind exposing DA as porn star reveals his identity

      Klaire Butler and Kevin Dayton

      A year ago Cortland County District Attorney Mark Suben made international news when he publicly admitted that he had starred in pornographic films during the '70's under the name Gus Thomas.

      He made the admission days after he was re-elected and apologized to reporters for denying his past prior to election day. Suben was forced to go public after a video surfaced on Youtube which was featured on CNY Central.com.

      On Monday the mystery man behind the video revealed his true identity. For several weeks prior to election day, Kevin Dayton used the alias "Jake Avonas" to correspond with select reporters including CNY Central's Jim Kenyon and John O'Brien of Syracuse.com.. Dayton is the brother of Keith Dayton who ran against Suben in last year's election. Kevin denies that his brother had anything to do with his effort to expose Suben's past.

      Dayton says he first learned of the rumors when his son showed him a photo of Gust Thomas. "I just could not believe it... a district attorney that's too crazy to believe. Then I started looking into it and I recognized him from the photos... this is true !" Dayton said.

      Dayton recruited his friend, Klaire Butler to research all the articles and videos she could find that would link the D.A. to Gus Thomas the porn star.

      Dayton says when they gathered enough evidence, he tried to get local reporters to expose it but they refused unless he disclosed his identity. "The story should have been Mark Suben, his pornography and the lies and not who is reporting it."

      When he contacted Kenyon and O'Brien, they separately approached Suben who continued to deny the allegations and reportedly threatened to sue. The story did not become public prior to election day.

      A year later, Dayton says he had nothing personal against Suben. "I kind of liked the guy, he seemed a friendly guy." Dayton said.

      His researcher, Butler was asked what was more important, the fact that Suben had acted in pornographic films, or the fact that he lied about it to ensure his re-election. She replied, "He lied about it. I don't care about the porn...I really don't"

      When asked if Suben's past should disqualify him as a prosecutor, Dayton said, "I don't think it does. It's been a year ... he's had a few major cases and he won them so far...I can't tell that it's really hurt him."

      Mark Suben could not be reached for comment Monday, but he previously told Syracuse.com that he's glad to know who was behind the effort to expose his past. Suben said it's "ancient history" to him."

      As for the nationwide controversy the story received, Kevin Dayton says he always knew it would be a big story once it became public.

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