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School district keeps quiet as teacher is accused in sex crime

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We are digging deeper, looking to find out how a substitute teacher was able to continue teaching after accusations of a sexual relationship with a student.

Mary Beth Haglin is facing charges of an illicit relationship with a student, she was able to continue working in the Cedar Rapids School District at an elementary school after being fired from Washington High School due to the accusations.

Haglin turned herself in at the Linn County Sheriff's Office last month, and is charged with Sexual Exploitation.

According to Haglin, she continued teaching at Washington High School for months after she was first accused of the relationship with a high school boy.

"Even though they had known they tried to keep this kind of under their hats so that it wouldn't look bad for Washington High School," Haglin told us.

She was sacked from the high school on May 18th according to Grant Wood Area Education Agency, who is in charge of the substitute teacher database.

Haglin remained in the database allowing her to return to teaching at Harrison Elementary School in the same district the week after being fired.

"They never said do not come back to the school they never said you may not go to another school they just said please leave and I didn't take that as a command not to work at another school," Haglin says.

"We didn't have the information to pull them from the database," Renee Nelson told us, Grant Wood AEA PR Coordinator.

Nelson says they reassigned Haglin to other schools including Harrison Elementary because they weren't informed of why she had been let go from Washington High School.

Haglin was not removed from the system completely until mid June.

We made phone calls last Friday to all seven school board members, Superintendent Brad Buck and Community Relations Supervisor Marcia Hughes, not one of them would interview with us.

We tried reaching out to the principal of Washington High School Ralph Plagman, but were told questions should be directed to the district.

We even tried reaching out to Executive Director of Human Resources, Jill Cirivello who Haglin had mentioned in an interview with us, but we were told she retired in the beginning of July.

Despite our numerous efforts to reach out for an interview and Haglin's story receiving some national media attention, tonight the school district remains silent.

The Cedar Rapids Police Department says they were first notified of the situation on May 30th and began investigating, that's 12 days after Haglin was fired from Washington High School for the accusations.

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