Teacher who had sex with teen blames school district

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A substitute teacher in Iowa is claiming that school district officials "allowed" her sexual relationship with a 17-year-old boy to happen. 24-year-old MaryBeth Haglin, who admitted to having sex with the student for much of the 2015-2016 school year, is accusing the Cedar Rapids Community School District of complicity.

“These people all knew what was going on, and yet they turned a blind eye because they wanted to protect their school. They didn’t want it to get into the limelight,” Haglin told KGAN-TV, explaining that she first had sex with the boy last October. “They allowed this to happen. They knew in February.”

Haglin, who was a substitute teacher at George Washington High School, faces up to two years in prison and having to register as a sex offender for 10 years for sexual exploitation of a minor. Haglin claims that officials knew about the relationship for months, but did not take action.

“They didn’t ban me,” Haglin told The Cedar Rapids Gazette. “They never actually said they were banning me from school grounds, they never said they were banning me from working at any other school, they never said they were banning me from thus-and-so many feet of any school. They never said any of that.”