Mayor Candidate John-Paul Valdez Admits He is Sex Porn Star Hank Cruz

Mayor Candidate John-Paul Valdez Admits He is Sex Porn Star Hank Cruz 2.44/5 (48.89%) 18 votes

Secret X-rated Past of Desert Hot Springs Economist Exposed

DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA – With a city suffering worldwide headlines that compare it to Detroit because of a financial mess, it is uncertain how it would have also endured news that it had just elected a retired porn star as mayor.

John-Paul Valdez as Hank Cruz on right

John-Paul Valdez as Hank Cruz on right using adult toy to make a point.

The campaign leading up to the November 2013 election did not reveal the professional history of one Hank Cruz, otherwise known as candidate John-Paul Valdez.

It is only now – after the election – that his extensive film and magazine sex career that was kept from the voters comes to light. Valdez admits he is proud of his sex work and unconcerned about this information being released.

“I’m glad you asked me about my work as Hank Cruz,” said John-Paul Valdez. “It was during a time when I wanted myself to be an example for how to be beautiful.”

The candidate John-Paul Valdez frequently chastised his opponents for their lack of transparency while at the same time hiding his x-rated past as Hank Cruz that lasted from 1997 to 2006 (according to Wikiporn.org.), a period coinciding with the same period Valdez identifies on his LinkedIn profile with his working as an independent contractor.

As John-Paul Valdez, he identified himself as an economist leading up to Election Day. On screen as Hank Cruz, he filmed extensive and explicitly hard-core unprotected sex with multiple on-screen sex partners.

Valdez states on his Facebook page that he has known he was HIV positive for thirty years.

Two Ways of Looking At It

Yvonne Parks and John Paul Valdez at DHS Chamber of Commerce Breakfast

Yvonne Parks and John Paul Valdez at Desert Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce Breakfast.

John-Paul Valdez said he did not feel the need to let the voters know about his past. He looks at it two contradictory ways.

“I do not believe the information about Hank Cruz was meaningful to anyone voting,” said Valdez, who also referenced former Mayor Yvonne Parks knowing of his x-rated past.

“I think if I had released the information about me actually being Hank Cruz that I would probably have received even more votes,” said Valdez speaking with all seriousness. “People would not have wanted to look at Yvonne having sex on film but I’m so beautiful that I’m sure it would have helped my campaign.”

Other citizens of the city, including at least one candidate for city council, also knew of this past chapter of the life of candidate John-Paul Valdez but they all kept this information secret in an apparent attempt to help the con of Valdez’s campaign.

After all, John-Paul Valdez admitted that his election goal was only to get enough votes to makes sure former Mayor Yvonne Parks would win and even bragged to The Desert Sun newspaper that he was satisfied holding up the rear, coming within just 12 votes of his goal.

Well Hung the Election

John-Paul Valdez

John-Paul Valdez

John-Paul Valdez collected 340 votes in the November election for mayor, nearly causing a spoiler’s upset as Adam Sanchez won the race against Yvonne Parks by only 12 votes with his 1,040 vote total.

Valdez sucked up those votes with a lackluster campaign for which he claims to have spent $18,000, mostly his own personal money according to what he said.

It is uncertain what the effect on the election would have been had John-Paul Valdez revealed the secret life of Hank Cruz on DVD ’s selling in adult stores. Were Valdez to have suffered a few less votes it is most likely those votes would have gone to Sanchez.

“That is just conjecture that those votes would have gone to Sanchez,” replied Hank Cruz or John-Paul Valdez.

Without going into detail describing the positions he assumed in his sex industry film career, John-Paul Valdez frequently mentions the many positions he held working as an financial adviser in high-profile positions around the world.

“My experience working in films and magazines did not matter to Wells Fargo, A. G. Edwards, the SEC or Univision,” said John-Paul Valdez. “I’ve held the highest level of security clearance and licensing for my work with multi-million dollar investment portfolios around the world.”

The sexually explicit world of Hank Cruz was filmed in New York City during a period John-Paul Valdez lived there just prior to his moving to California.

Questions About Credentials Leave Election Future Unclear

John-Paul Valdez as Hank Cruz on right.

John-Paul Valdez as Hank Cruz on right.

Now knowing that John-Paul Valdez was deceptive in revealing his past raises questions about what Valdez has described as legitimate education and work experience credentials validating extensive world wide work as an economist.

With voters kept in the dark about who John-Paul Valdez really is then his financial investment credentials could also be suspect.

Still, Valdez is OK with the information about Hank Cruz coming out. Asked whether he thought these revelations would harm his political career, Valdez made it clear during the interview that he did not feel his political career was over and said he looks forward to involving himself in city affairs. Valdez offered advice on how to go about releasing his news.

“You can run this story now and everyone will forget about it by the time the next election rolls around,” Valdez said, “Or, you can run my story later for my next election when the story will pack more punch.”

Warning to Readers – graphic language follows…

The filmography of Hank Cruz includes… Hot Desert Knights; Sperm Deposits; Corporate Merger; Backroom Muscle Daddies; Bareback Harddrive; Fulfillment; Real Men Have Hair; Smoking Hunks; They Like ‘Em Big; Truck Stop On I-95; White Collar Bareback; Dungeon Gang-Bang; Backroom Muscle Daddies; Hardhat 3-Way; and My First Gay Daddy to name a few.
John-Paul Valdez AKA Hank Cruz

John-Paul Valdez AKA Hank Cruz in the middle.

An examination of  Hank Cruz films depicts quite a few big business and corporate themes. With a caution to our readers that the following italicized paragraph is very graphic, the following is from the promotional write up of Hank Cruz in Dungeon Gang Bang.

What do you get when you get 10 horny tops, 2 hungry bottoms, a dungeon, leather and specially designed sex tables? A DUNGEON GANG BANG of historic orgy proportions. Everyone dreams of being gang-banged in a Dungeon by one hot top after the other and that is exactly what happens in DUNGEON GANG BANG.

It’s a fantasy that most of us think about but few of us ever experience. Jarod Steele and Steve Tuck are f***** by 10 a** pounding studs until the c** is dripping and leaking out of their hot h****. And, of course, Director Wade Lincoln, makes sure that every drop is captured on film and even on the cameras and cameramen.

Alan Gregory returns to ravage Jarod Steele’s sweet a** in one of the hottest scenes HDK has ever filmed. Duke Savage and Ardon Masters, hot hairy tops, join in and f*** Jarod and Steve Tuck till they are squealing like the pigs they really are. And, Hank Cruz pounds Jarod’s b*** till it’s r** and r** and nearly knocks him off the table before shooting his h** l*** up Jarod’s a**.

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Dean M Gray

Writer, Artist & Publisher at Desert Vortex News
Dean started in the newspaper business at the age of nine earning 90 cents a week walking 3 miles delivering a newspaper door to door. He then began writing his way out of a paper bag and traveling uphill.

For over 40 years Dean has been published in a variety of small newspapers and magazines. As publisher he founded an alternative city weekly newspaper in 2008 and published over 200 uninterrupted issues over 4 years to over 20,000 readers via 800 locations (and online) before selling the business.

Dean is a Master Carpenter and the author of the biography of Hilda M Gray, desert homesteader.

In 2014 he was appointed Planning Commissioner for the city of Desert Hot Springs, California.

Dean M Gray is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors and lives in Desert Hot Springs, California.

14 thoughts on “Mayor Candidate John-Paul Valdez Admits He is Sex Porn Star Hank Cruz

  1. Dean what’s your point? Out of all the issues going on in DHS this is what you choose to spend your time on to report. To me this says something sad about yourself then about JP Valdez. You lost my respect.

    • So Chris, are you a voter in DHS? Would JP have gotten your vote if this was “exposed” before Nov. 5 as a benefit to JP’s resume?
      What is sad and disturbing, is that HIV + JP is spreading more than cheeks.

      • I do live and vote in DHS. JP Valdez has been very open about his sexual orientation and living with HIV. This article is just being exploitative. BFD he made fantasy sex films. I wish I had done so when I was younger and in shape. At age 70 it just would not be as attractive. No I did not vote for him, but next election if he chooses to run for city council I might. Someones sexuality or HIV status should not be a negative for running for city council. Their ability to understand city finances is what I’ll be looking at in this next election. I don’t know if you are aware of this but the city is in big financial trouble. That is what should be the focus of everyone who is concerned about our city not in someones sex life.

        • This is not about his being gay and nobody should care about that. Why is it when someone gay does something not related to their being gay that puts them in a bad light there is always someone trying to make it a gay issue? I would think the same thing about it if he was making porn movies with a bunch of woman. I don’t want a mayor that is a porn actor because it would bring a negative light to the city. I guess some people think a porn actor should be mayor. That is their decision but I have a right to make my decision about that too. I don’t want a porn actor mayor gay or straight plain and simple. Some people might think it would be OK and that is their decision but it is not mine. It is not a respectable job for someone that wants to be a mayor. If this was his private life and not in front of a camera it would be nobodys business and it would make no difference to me. That is not the situation is it? Be honest. Nobody gets a pass in life for whatever they did just because they are gay or is that what you are saying?

          • No Margo that’s not what I am saying but it does seem to be what you are saying. Personally filming a sex fantasy is not an issue for me. Everyone or mostly everyone has sex and with today’s generation most are even doing video of them selves doing it on there I-phones or computers. Their choice. Unfortunately most voters in DHS do vote your way. Which explains why someone like Robert Bentley lost the city council election. When Rick Daniels first started his job it was only Robert Bentley that first stood up in public comments to suggest he was taking us on a path of fiscal irresponsibility. He pointed out the RDA spending and the plan for putting us into more debt by selling city bonds. Even Dean Gray, and Russell Betts were quiet on this issue then. Adam Sanchez was not on city council then. He even was the first one to make noise in public comments about how a certain city council member (Scott Matas) was making decisions that benefited him by awarding deals with his friends. One being Mike Bracken (SP?) the other his friend he knew since he was a teenager. The one who sold the city a building for 1.5 million dollars only for it to be worthy of tearing down. Granted Robert Bentley does not present himself well when he speaks but what he says is right on. I see you and all the other posters on this article are more focused on an issue that does not matter to this city’s problems which is why this city will continue to have problems. Again I would say let’s focus in on what matters and not vote on candidates on how they may appear awkward or if they have been in porn films straight or gay or even if they send there friends videos of themselves in sexual situations. This will narrow the field and unfortunately it will give you the type of city council that got this city into the mess it is now.

  2. Is this the same guy that was making a big deal all over his Facebook page about Adam Sanchez putting a sign up at some renters house during the election? And he has this in his background! Where do these people come from? I guess we know that answer.

  3. “People would not have wanted to look at Yvonne having sex on film but I’m so beautiful that I’m sure it would have helped my campaign.”

    Um…. Yeah, thanks for putting that image of Yvonne in my head, JP. Awesome!

  4. I did not say being a porn star was the issue. I said I don’t want a porn star for a mayor. Don’t twist my words and you have totally ignored the mistaken first thing you wrote that it was all about being gay. I said it does not matter what he does if it was with women or men I don’t want a porn star for mayor. If you think it is okay to have a porn star for a mayor that is your opinion and I even said that I know some people will not have a problem with it but just because I don’t think it is not a good idea does not give you a right to attack me by trying to twist my words which you have done so poorly I don’t even know why I should even write back to you. Go make all the porn you want Mr. John Paul just not as my mayor, period.

  5. My last post was to Chris. I forgot to put his name so I don’t want anyone else to think I was writing them them. It is Chris that twisted my words and needs to stop attacking people just because they don’t think a porn star should be our mayor.

  6. I find it funny how people will throw out a perfectly good Mayoral candidate with the spawater all because he was filmed having sex, instead of studying the person’s qualifications, no, they immediately they toss them to the side, slam the door to any possibility that they could be THE person that would make Desert Hot Springs shine. They would rather have idiots like we had the past year, throwing money at Tresed backward desert ventures for $250,000 and sick wellness centers. Maybe Valdez could have could have brought the porn industry to DHS which left Los Angeles due to new Nazi condom laws, and wham bam, bring in a lot of business, fees, and spendable cash to the city along with tons of free publicity. The controversy would make national news. EVERYBODY around the world would be intrigued with the little desert town next to Palm Springs known as The Vortex.

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