Yesterday, Mary Beth Haglin, an Iowa teacher-turned-stripper was sentenced to three month in jail for her inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old student, which she reportedly “bragged” about. She will also have to register as a sex offender for 10 years, as well as pay a fine of $625.
Haglin was a guest on the Dr. Phil show, where she admitted to having a relationship with a student, making her case a particularly high-profile exploration of teacher/student relationships.
The Daily Mail says that Haglin actually faced tougher charges and her potential sentence bumped up from two years to five years, due to her television confession. After Haglin’s appearance, prosecutors upgraded her charges from misdemeanor sexually exploiting a minor to felony sexual exploitation.
The Daily Mail reports:
Papers filed by the Linn County Attorney’s Office in Cedar Rapids point directly to her TV appearances – which also included interviews with Inside Edition and Crime Watch Daily – as the reason for her tougher charges.
Haglin ‘admitted engaging in a pattern or practice of sexual conduct with a student while employed as a teacher at Washington High School, which supports the more serious felony offence,’ the papers said.
The ex-teacher, who worked as a stripper under the name ‘Bambi,’ was arrested in July after their their six-month affair was spotted by an eagle-eyed classmate – and after the teen showed off her nude pictures to his friends.
The pair had hooked up while Haglin was working at Washington High School in Cedar Rapids.
Their relationship, which ran from January to May this year began, she told Dr. Phil, when he seduced her with romantic Post-Its.
At the end of class, he would leave the messages on her desk calling her ‘my empress’ and ‘Mrs. Robinson’ – the latter a reference the older woman who seduces a young man in the movie ‘The Graduate.’
Eventually, Haglin said, a fight with her then-boyfriend drove her into the teen’s arms – and into a relationship that she says the 17-year-old convinced her was real.
Haglin admitted to having sex with the 17-year-old almost every day for nine months, sometimes in her or his car, other times in the homes of the boy’s parents.
Eventually, she said he convinced her to send him sexy photos of herself, including some naked selfies, which he later reportedly shared with his friends at school.
‘I don’t know what was going through his brain,’ Haglin said. ‘He thought it would be cool… bragging rights… I don’t know.’