- Associated Press - Thursday, October 27, 2016

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Prosecutors have upgraded the charge against a former substitute teacher who went on television and discussed having sexual contact with a Cedar Rapids student.

Linn County Attorney Jerry Vander Sanden says Mary Haglin’s charge of sexual exploitation has been upgraded to a felony count from the lower level of serious misdemeanor.

A court document says that in the interviews 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 offense.”

Haglin already has pleaded not guilty to the original charge. Authorities say she had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old boy who attended Washington High School. Her trial is set to begin Nov. 14.

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