Our thanks to Martin for this, from The Washington Post. The start of the piece:
She was a 24-year-old substitute teacher.
He was a 17-year-old high school student.
And over the course of an illicit, months-long relationship during the 2015-2016 school year in Cedar Rapids, she admits, the pair had sex “hundreds of times.”
Mary Beth Haglin was charged in July with sexual exploitation by a teacher.
But now, Haglin claims that not only is she innocent of committing any crime, she’s actually the victim in the relationship.
Haglin appeared on the “Dr. Phil” show this week and accused the student of hatching an elaborate plan of romantic seduction, then threatening to “burn her life down” if she ended the relationship.
In recent months, Haglin claims, she’s been fired from her job and forced to work as a stripper [my emphasis] using the nom de stage “Bambi.”
“The student twisted my brain into accepting this relationship,” she told Dr. Phil McGraw. “He did so with such intelligence and such an elevated vocabulary that I was completely duped by the whole facade.”
“Many people see him as the victim and me as the perpetrator,” she added. “From a psychological standpoint and from every other standpoint, I feel like I am the victim.
“He did burn my life to the ground.”
An interesting tale. A 24-year-old female teacher asserts she had less moral agency than a male minor for whom she was professionally responsible.
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