Mary Beth Haglin victim: How one substitute teacher believes she was the one who was violated by a minor student she maintained indiscreet sexual liaison with. Is she right?
The statements come after the teacher was relieved of her teaching duties at Washington High school after it was revealed the 24 year old woman maintained sexual improprieties with a minor student.
In her defense, the woman, who has since turned to stripping since being ousted in July said she was taken advantage of by her victim, who ‘seduced’ her with unrelenting messages.
The claims come after Haglin pleaded not guilty last month to a charge of misdemeanor sexual exploitation by school employee in connection to her illicit six-month affair with the 17 year old student. Her trial date has been set for November 14.
In her interview with Dr Phil, the former teacher working stripper (under the alias of ‘Bambi’) insisted that she was the real victim after the student sent her a trove of fawning love notes along with ‘twisting’ her brain into accepting their ‘forbidden affair.’
Which as some have pondered is akin to a mother blaming her teenage child for crying for its mother to feed it a casserole of fried hamburgers every night for dinner and wonder how they came to develop diabetes at the age of 16.
Told Haglin during the show: ‘He did so with such intelligence and such an elevated vocabulary that i was completely duped by the whole facade.’
How a teacher came to believe her victim was the instigator:
During her interview, the former teacher conceded to having sex with her victim almost every day for nine months, sometimes in her or his car, other times in the homes of the student’s parents.
Eventually, she said he convinced her to send him sexy photos of herself, including a batch of risque images which her victim 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.’
Haglin said she did not think he would disseminate the ‘intimate’ snapshots ‘because in my mind if you’re in a real relationship, you don’t just run around with your phone saying, “Hey, look, look everybody, look how hot my girlfriend is.”‘
She added, ‘Looking back now I think, “Oh, my God, what was I thinking? What was I doing?”‘
Which is to wonder what in fact was Mary Beth Haglin doing? Surely she too must have been fully aware as her role as teacher and in a position of authority and trust, her employment mandate and that of the law strictly forbid such interaction? Never mind the antics of a child and as the boy’s teacher and as the adult, Haglin at all times retaining full power of the unfolding situation.
Or was this just the unstoppable actions of a young woman desperate for love and in all the wrong places, too carried away and to intoxicated by then to know better?
Caught in a delusion of her own making?
Addressing the indiscreet affair, the teacher told Dr Phil that her victim had caught her in her ‘weakest moment,’ with Haglin at the time having trouble with her boyfriend, which made her vulnerable to the underage Casanova’s romantic advances.
In one letter, one of many the student wrote, Haglin’s victim wrote: ‘I love the way you smell like pizza. It drives me crazy wanting a piece of the crust.’
Other instances involved the student purportedly demanding that Haglin kiss him whenever they were alone in class. Overtures that the teacher reciprocated in fear that the student would make good on threats and tell administrators of their illicit tryst.
Of note, in Haglin’s mind believed in her mind as soon as her student victim graduated, the pair ‘were going to get married.’
With her hand forced, after a suspicious student reached out to the victim’s mother, Haglin soon found herself approached by the mother who demanded Haglin write a statement confessing to the tryst, which she then took to school administrators.
Haglin was fired from her job in May at the conclusion of an internal investigation and arrested in July.
School officials fail to act:
An earlier probe conducted in February had failed to prove any wrongdoing on Haglin’s part.
Both investigations have since been labelled as ‘ineffective’ by the school district and led to the resignations of three high-ranking officials, according to The Gazette.
In an interview with The Gazette after her release from jail on bail, Haglin claimed school administrators were aware of the affair and told her to keep it ‘hush-hush.’
In the wake of the revelation, a trio of long-time school officials, including Washington High Principal Dr Ralph Plagman, opted for an early retirement.
According to a cache of emails obtained by The Gazette in response to a Freedom of Information Request, Plagman even agreed to write Haglin a letter of recommendation in the midst of the second investigation into her suspected affair with the student.
If convicted, Mary Beth Haglin could face up to two years in prison and be required to register as a sex offender for 10 years.