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12/28/2012 05:48 am ET Updated Dec 28, 2012

'Shocking Family Secrets': Woman Leads Double Life As Teacher And Dominatrix (VIDEO)

Karen was living a secret double life on "Shocking Family Secrets." Her co-workers during the day knew her as an English-language teacher at an adult school, but they wondered about her life outside of school. She never spent time with them or talked much about her personal life.

She was considered "demure" and "soft spoken," which is why her confession shocked Michael, one of her fellow teachers. She told him that as well as being a teacher, she was also a dominatrix and a stripper.

"I was speechless for a few seconds," Michael said. "I had known Karen ... for close to 10 years. I would never have guessed Karen for whipping people on the weekends."

Her dominatrix alter ego was named Darlene. She loved to act and perform, and felt like she got to play one character during the day and another at night. But her double life was incredibly risky. The club where she stripped was in the same neighborhood as the school where she worked, and where her students lived.

Karen did say that she felt relief after revealing her secret. And she no longer works as Darlene after the club she worked at closed down.

Tune in for more "Shocking Family Secrets" every Thursday at 10 p.m. EST on Discovery Fit & Health.

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