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Haglin waves right to jury trial, no longer faces felony

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Haglin bonds out of jail September 16, 2016. Haglin bonds out of jail September 16, 2016.

Mary Beth Haglin appeared at the Linn County Courthouse today, a day originally scheduled for the start of her Trial in Tama County.

Last week, it was decided there would be no need to go to Tama County without a jury trial, which Haglin intended to wave.

Haglin is charged with Sexual Exploitation by a School Employee, accused of having a sexual relationship with a student while she was substitute teaching at Cedar Rapids Washington High School.

This morning Haglin formally waved her right to a jury trial, after Judge Kevin McKeever went through her rights and she acknowledged she understood what she was giving up.

Now, instead of a felony Haglin is facing a Aggravated Misdemeanor with carries a maximum of 2 years in prison.

Haglin agreed Judge McKeever should decide whether she is guilty, based on the information provided so far which includes a video interview of Haglin with the Cedar Rapids Police Department and the Child Protection Center.

Various media interviews have been done with Haglin both locally and nationally including Crime Watch Daily, Inside Edition and Dr. Phil, these interviews will not be a part of deciding whether she is guilty.

Judge McKeever will announce his ruling in this case within the next month.

If guilty, a sentencing date will be set.

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