The Iowa substitute teacher-turned-stripper charged with bedding a student is now facing even more time in the slammer – because she spoke with Dr. Phil, according to a new report.
In October, Mary Beth Haglin, 24, gave an interview to TV shrink Dr. Phil McGraw, in which she admitted that she slept with the 17-year-old boy “hundreds of times” over a nine month period.
Haglin, who now works as a stripper named “Bambi,” was originally charged with sexually exploiting a minor – misdemeanor that carries a maximum two year prison term.
But after the Dr. Phil interview aired, prosecutors amended their criminal complaint to include a more serious charge — sexual exploitation – which could land the pole dancer behind bars for five years, the Daily Star reported.
“The defendant has participated in a series of public interviews in which she 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 offence,” according to new papers filed by the Linn County Attorney’s Office in Cedar Rapids, IO.
Haglin, 24, was expected to enter a plea on the new charges during a scheduled hearing on November 4.
In the Dr. Phil interview, Haglin said she was the real victim of the illicit affair, claiming that she was “duped” by the student because he used an “elevated vocabulary” in romantic text messages to her.
“He did so with such intelligence and such an elevated vocabulary that I was completely duped by the whole facade,” said Haglin, who worked as a substitute teacher in the Cedar Rapids Community School District in 2015 before she was fired when their relationship came to light.
“Many people see him as the victim and me as the perpetrator,” Haglin said. “From a psychological standpoint and from every other standpoint, I feel like I am the victim.”
At first, Haglin ignored the boy’s advances, but she finally relented after she got into a nasty fight with her boyfriend.
“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 told Dr. Phil.
She then admitted to carrying on a nine-month sexual relationship with the teen.
In response, Dr. Phil blasted the former teacher, saying, “You have got to be dumber than a box of rocks to share naked pictures with a 17-year-old boy.”