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UPDATE: Haglin trial moved back to Linn County, no jury

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The trial is now being moved back to Linn County and there will be no jury.  The bench trial will begin on Monday, Nov. 28 at 9 a.m.  

Judge McKeever will hear the case in courtroom 3C.


A former substitute teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a student was in court today.

Mary Beth Haglin is facing a charge of Sexual Exploitation by a School Employee.

Haglin's story has been in the public eye since it surfaced earlier this year, she had appeared  on multiple national T.V. shows describing her side of what happened.

Today the state announced their plan to use portions of an interview Haglin did on Dr. Phil.

The defense did not like the idea, arguing they just found out and don't have enough time to prepare with it being just six days until the trial.

They also argued the interview was edited and not the raw version asking the judge to not allow it in the trial.

"This is going to make this trial not about what happened from January to May of 2016. This is going to make this trial about what happened after and whether or not the defendant talked about it afterwards and that's not going to be to show the admissions that she made but it's going to be for the jurors to make impermissible character determinations about Ms. Haglin," said Katie Frank, Haglin's attorney.

The judge announced he will decide after the defense has had a chance to watch the video and is able to point out specific parts they believe are unfair.

Haglin's trial is expected to start Monday in Tama County.

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