No trial date yet for former Washington High substitute charged with sex exploitation

Mary Beth Haglin expected to enter written plea after trial information is filed

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CEDAR RAPIDS — A former Washington High School substitute teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student is expected to file a written not-guilty plea to a sexual exploitation charge on Friday or possibly next week.

As of Thursday, the Linn County Attorney’s Office had not yet filed trial information in the case of Mary Beth Haglin, 24, of Cedar Rapids, who is charged with sexual exploitation by a counselor, therapist or school employee, a criminal complaint shows.

Haglin was arrested and charged in July.

According to the complaint, Haglin had a sexual relationship with a student between Jan. 1 and May 17 while she worked as a substitute teacher at Washington High, 2205 Forest Drive SE, in Cedar Rapids.

Haglin, if convicted, faces up to two years in jail and being listed on the sex offender registry for 10 years.

Two longtime Washington High administrators, Principal Ralph Plagman and Associate Principal Michael Johnson, have been ousted from the school over the fallout regarding the way the internal investigation of Haglin was handled.

Haglin started working as a substitute for Washington High in January and was removed from her position after school administrators conducted an investigation in May.

But during the first investigation in February, Plagman and Johnson determined rumors of the relationship were unfounded.

After she left Washington High, district officials then failed to remove Haglin from a substitute teacher database, and she was placed as a substitute teacher in a different school for nine days at the end of the 2015-16 school year.

A trial date is to be set after Haglin’s written plea is filed.

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