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Iowa substitute teacher arrested for sex crime blames school officials for sexual relationship with student

July 29, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Iowa substitute teacher arrested for sex crime blames school officials for sexual relationship with student

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A substitute teacher, who is the subject of sex crime allegations stemming from multiple sexual encounters with one of her students, is blaming officials at the school for her illegal behavior, alleging they did not try to stop her, and that they “allowed” the relationship to develop.

In a string of interviews with reporters in Iowa, Mary Beth Haglin, 24, didn’t deny the sex crime allegations. Instead she confessed to having sex with a 17-year-old student for a majority of the 2015-2016 school year and then continued to blame Cedar Rapids Community School District for their ‘role’ in the crime.

In an interview with KGAN-TV, Haglin admitted that she first had sex with the boy this past October. “These people all knew what was going on, and yet they turned a blind eye because they wanted to protect their school. They didn’t want it to get into the limelight. They allowed this to happen. They knew in February,” said Haglin.

The substitute teacher was arrested on Friday on sex crime charges including sexual exploitation of a minor. She faces up to two years in prison and will have to register as a sex offender for ten years.

School officials claim that they didn’t act faster against the woman because of miscommunication with a local company that provides substitute teachers.

The woman was released from custody on Saturday and is required to stay away from her teenage victim. She also alleged that school officials did not want to be aware of the situation.

Haglin told the Cedar Rapids Gazette, “They didn’t ban me. They never actually said they were banning me from school grounds, they never said they were banning me from working at any other school, they never said they were banning me from thus-and-so many feet of any school. They never said any of that.”

She went back and forth between blaming the school administration and herself for the ugly mess. She stated in an interview with KCRG: “I do take responsibility…I’m not shying away from this. I’m facing this head on.”

“I no longer have a desire or wish to contact or see this person ever again. And I don’t want him to contact me,” she added.

Her next court appearances are preliminary hearings scheduled for August 12th and an arraignment on September 1st.

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