'I'm The Victim,' Iowa Teacher Who Had Sex With Student Says On 'Dr. Phil'

Mary Beth Haglin. Picture: Facebook
AN AMERICAN teacher-turned-stripper claims she’s the real victim of an illicit tryst she had with a teen student because he “duped” her by using “elevated vocabulary”.

“Many people see him as the victim and me as the perpetrator,” disgraced educator Mary Beth Haglin told the Dr. Phil show earlier this week. “From a psychological standpoint and from every other standpoint, I feel like I am the victim.”

Haglin, 24, who now works as a stripper named “Bambi”, said the 17-year-old boy wooed her with romantic notes and texts, making him irresistible. “He did so with such intelligence and such an elevated vocabulary that I was completely duped by the whole facade,” claimed Haglin, who worked as a substitute teacher in the Cedar Rapids Community School District in 2015.

The former teacher said she initially spurned the boy, whose messages included texts such as, “Trust me, it’s not difficult to be a caring boyfriend. Especially to someone as magnificent as you,” according to the show. But after a bad day with her then-squeeze, Haglin admitted, she gave in.

“One night after a particularly bad night with my boyfriend, we had gotten into a big fight, and the next day I looked at his message and thought, ‘I’m just going to respond’,” Haglin said.

She eventually started sending explicit pictures of herself to the boy, which led to a nine-month relationship.

Show host Phil McGraw wasn’t buying any of Haglin’s excuses. “You have got to be dumber than a box of rocks to share naked pictures with a 17-year-old boy,” he said.

Haglin was fired from her teaching post and now works as an exotic dancer, the Des Moines Register reported.

Haglin has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanour charges of sexual exploitation by a school employee. The trial is set to begin on November 14, but she’s asked for proceedings to be moved from Linn County, claiming publicity about the case prevents her from receiving a fair hearing.

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