9 ABC KCRG reports:
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) — A Linn County District judge convicted former Cedar Rapids Washington teacher Mary Beth Haglin of sexually exploiting a student
She will be sentenced on February 17th.
Haglin admitted during media interviews that the 24-year-old had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student last year while she worked as a substitute teacher at Cedar Rapids Washington High School.
Haglin chose a bench trial. So a judge decided her fate instead of a jury. No testimony was heard in the case.
Prosecutors had upgraded the charge to a felony after Haglin did several national TV interviews. But by agreeing to let the judge rule only on the minutes of testimony, the felony charge and the evidence based on those national TV show interviews won’t be considered.
The minutes of testimony include an interview conducted with the victim by Child Protective Services and a police interview of Haglin.
Conviction of an aggravated misdemeanor carries a maximum prison term of up to two years plus a possible fine. The felony charge would have meant a possible term of up to five years.