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Many questions for school district as teacher is accused of sexual exploitation

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

Many questions remain as to how a local teacher was able to continue working in the Cedar Rapids School District after being fired from one school in the district on accusations of a sexual relationship with a student.

Mary Beth Haglin was a long term substitute at Washington High School in Cedar Rapids when the accusations arose, still, she was able to substitute teach at Harrison Elementary in the district.

Last Friday, Haglin turned herself in at the Linn  County Sheriff's Office.

We spoke with her today for the first time since she turned herself in.

"They were trying to cover their butts, they were trying to keep it under their hats as I said in my last interview, they didn't want it to look bad for the school," Haglin says.

The Cedar Rapids School District told us on Friday, there was a miscommunication with the substitute placement system, which allowed Haglin to continue working in the district.

"SubCentral received communication from Washington High School on May 18th notifying us that they had already filled the rest of the sub assignment and at that point she was reassigned," says Renee Nelson, Grant Wood Area Education Agency Communications Director.

"We did receive notification from Washington High School to reassign the substitute but we didn't have additional context," Nelson added.

Unaware of the allegations and reason Haglin was fired, she was kept in the system through the end of the school year.

"They knew full well that I was working at another school otherwise they would have stopped me from working there, they didn't place me there, but it was not a mistake," Haglin told us.

Wanting to find out more we made multiple calls to the school district, even stopping by in person, but they would not speak with us.

The only communication made from the Cedar Rapids School District today was through email, they say because of the pending criminal charges they are declining interviews.

Aside from working at Harrison Elementary after being fired from Washington High School, Haglin also took subbing jobs in other districts including Linn-Mar and College Community.

Haglin could face prison time if convicted.

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