Female teacher accused of having sex with a 17-year-old pupil has said that the school is partly to blame for her crimes.
Mary Beth Haglin, 24, was arrested for her relationship with the 17-year-old, and will appear in court charged with sexual exploitation of a minor.
But she says that the school is partly to blame for ‘turning a blind eye’ – and claims they knew about the relationship long before reporting it.
She said, ‘I am not shying away from this. I am not running away from this. I am facing this head-on.’
‘Previous abusive relationships led me into this. The environment the school put me in didn’t help to curb anything.’
She claims, in particular, that the school assigned her to other Cedar Rapids schools as a substitute, while investigating her.
She showed records to a local news station which revealed that even after she was released from Washington High, she was re-assigned to other schools in the area.
She claims it’s evidence of an intentional cover-up.
‘These people all knew what was going on, but they turned a blind eye because they wanted to protect their school and didn’t want it to get into the limelight.
‘They allowed this to happen. They knew in February.’
Haglin faces up to two years in jail if convicted.