CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA — Mary Beth Haglin, a 24-year-old substitute teacher in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has been charged with sexual exploitation for a wrongful relationship with 17-year-old student.
Haglin’s wrongful relationship with the student first reportedly started in October, 2015.
However, administrators heard about the affair in February but took no action.
A superintendent named Brad Buck conducted a second probe into Hagelin's behaviour, and promptly fired her. Despite being being deemed a threat to students, Haglin was still able to access a jobs board for substitute teachers. She took up employment with two elementary schools and taught until the end of semester.
Haglin was arrested on July 22 after an anonymous tipster reported the relationship to police. Haglin claims her former employer let her teach for months after she was let go, and was not prevented from applying for other teaching jobs.
According to an interview with Iowa’s local news outlet, The Gazette, Haglin claimed that the school never actually said they will ban her from school grounds nor from working at any other schools, and she is confident that the school officials knew about her background.
Responding to questions about how a woman fired for screwing a teenage student was able to apply for other teaching gigs, school officials meekly blamed it on an internal “miscommunication”.