Substitute Teacher accused of sexual exploitation briefly allowed back in classroom

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) - A former substitute teacher with the Cedar Rapids School District is charged with sexual exploitation but was briefly allowed back into a classroom even after the investigation.

Mary Haglin, 24, is charged with sexual exploitation by a school employee. She turned herself into police Friday. Police declined to release specifics about the allegations.

According to the Cedar Rapids School District, Haglin worked as a substitute during the last school year, primarily at Washington High School. A district spokesperson says it became aware of allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a student and investigated the matter. That initial investigation in February was deemed unfounded as both the teacher and student denied a relationship. In May, the district received more information and, at that time, removed Haglin from her position and informed the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners and police.

However, the district says a miscommunication allowed Haglin to work as a substitute in an elementary building at the end of this past school year. The district says it removed Haglin once it was made aware of the error and is not aware of any issues arising from Haglin's time in the elementary building.

Cedar Rapids uses the substitute placement program, known as SubCentral, through the Grant Wood Area Education Agency to place substitute teachers. Grant Wood AEA spokesperson Renee Nelson says it has removed Haglin from its SubCentral system. She says the Cedar Rapids School District notified Grant Wood AEA in mid-June to remove Haglin from its substitute teacher list but had no other communication about investigations involving Haglin before then.

Nelson says it is up to districts to hire and place substitutes as Grant Wood acts only as a go-between for substitute teachers and school districts. Haglin was never employed by Grant Wood AEA.

The Iowa Board of Educational Examiners was not available for comment on Friday on any pending investigations against Haglin. As of Friday, the board listed Haglin as having an active teaching license.