- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 20, 2016

A disgraced Iowa teacher facing trial in November for having sex with a student went on national television Monday and blamed the 17-year-old boy for seducing her.

“Many people see him as the victim and me as the perpetrator. From a psychological standpoint and from every other standpoint, I feel like I am the victim,” Mary Beth Haglin said on the Monday edition of the syndicated “Dr. Phil” program, the Des Moines Register reported Wednesday.

When the sexual relationship began, Ms. Haglin was 23 and her student 17. “Haglin admitted having sex daily with the student in her car at a public park, in his car, at his mother’s house and at his father’s house,” the Register said.

While the age of consent in Iowa is 16 for boys, state law forbids relations between minors over the age of consent and under 18 when the sexual partner is in a “position of authority over a young person, such as a teacher, coach, employer, or clergy member,” according to Legalmatch.com.

Her career as a teacher all but certainly over, the Cedar Rapids resident has resorted to stripping, taking the stage name “Bambi,” the Register reported, adding that TV psychologist Dr. Phil McGraw offered his assistance to help the ex-teacher find a new line of work.



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