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Former Cedar Rapids teacher arrested for sexual exploitation of a minor

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A Cedar Rapids teacher admits she has had a relationship with a high school boy. 

Mary Beth Haglin, 24, is facing charges of sexual exploitation.

We were at the Linn County Sheriff's Office this morning when Haglin turned herself in. 

Haglin's relationship with the 17-year-old student was going on while she was a substitute teacher at Washington High School. She claims the school found out about her relationship, telling her to keep the situation quiet. 

Haglin turned herself in at the Linn County Sheriff's Office today, but contacted us last month, wanting to tell her story. 

At the time of the interview, 24-year-old Haglin says she and the high school boy were still in a relationship. 

"We both knew what could happen," says Haglin. "He gave me a lot of solace and comfort." 

Haglin claims the school let her go, and documents shown to us by her family friend support that claim. 

However, she says she was told to keep it quiet.

"They tried to keep this under their hats so that it wouldn't look bad for Washington High School," says Haglin.

She says, "speaking with us was to make the public aware of wrong doing at the school." 

But now the public is also aware of the alleged wrong doing on Haglin's part.

"I do regret what took place, I did not intend for anything to get this far ever at all in my life, and so I do, you know, apologize to everybody involved for that." 

After the apology, Haglin confirmed that she is sorry, however she's still in the relationship. 

Haglin is at the Linn County Jail on a $65 bond. 

We've reached out the Cedar Rapids School District, and they confirmed Haglin was let go from Washington High School following the investigation. But the school district says she was then re-hired within the district at an elementary school - due to a miscommunication in the substitute placement program. Haglin has ever since been removed from the program. 

Here is a statement from the Cedar Rapids Community District: 

Today, the District received notice that Mary Elizabeth Haglin, a former substitute teacher with the District, has been arrested by the Linn County Sherriff’s Department on an arrest warrant charging her with sexual exploitation by a counselor, therapist or school employee as a result of an investigation by the Cedar Rapids Police Department.  Ms. Haglin served as a substitute employee with the District during the 2015-16 school year.  During Ms. Haglin’s employment with the District, the District became aware of allegations of an inappropriate relationship between Ms. Haglin and a student and investigated the matter.  The District, by law, is required to handle these types of investigations in a confidential manner and it did so in this instance.  Although both individuals denied the existence of an inappropriate relationship, as a result of its investigation and additional information the District received after its investigation regarding this matter, the District took the following actions: the District informed the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners of the information it had gathered; the District removed Ms. Haglin from her position at Washington High School; and the District informed Ms. Haglin that she could no longer serve as a substitute employee in the District. 

Due to a miscommunication with the substitute placement system, the individual in question was placed in a substitute teaching position for a short time in an elementary setting at the end of the 2015-16 school year.  When the District was made aware of this miscommunication, the District took action to remove the substitute employee from the substitute placement system.  The District is not aware of any issues the substitute employee had while working in the elementary setting.  The District uses the SubCentral System through the Grant Wood Area Education Agency for the placement of substitute employees in the District. 

Providing for the safety of the District’s students is of paramount importance to the District.  The District has and will continue to cooperate with law enforcement in its investigation and prosecution of this matter.

The age of consent in Iowa is 16-years-old, however Haglin has been charged because she was in a position of authority as a school teacher. 

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