'We had sex almost daily'; Teacher tells Dr. Phil boy threatened to 'burn (her) life down' if she broke off relationship
A disgraced teacher fired for having sex with a 17-year-old student is claiming the boy seduced her.
Mary Beth Haglin – canned from her Iowa teaching job – told Dr. Phil the boy swept her off her feet.
"He did so with such intelligence and such an elevated vocabulary that I was completely duped by the whole facade,” the 24-year-old told the TV psychologist. "He caught me in my weakest moments, and he used that to his advantage.”
The teacher-turned-stripper said the boy wooed her with handwritten notes and steamy texts.
"I did ignore a lot of that at first because obviously, I knew that it was illegal, not allowed, frowned upon – everything," she said.
Finally, she says she succumbed to the teen’s charm – even though she knew what was in her heart was taboo.
“We had sex – almost daily – in his car, my car, his mom's house, and his dad's house,” the teaching temptress said, adding she wanted to end their illicit romps but the boy threatened to rat her out.
"When things got way out of control, and I wanted out, he began saying 'I will light a match and burn your life down,’” Haglin added.
She could be jailed for two years -- even though she believes she’s the victim.
Meanwhile, Washington state high school teacher Olivia Sondheim, 25, has been arrested for allegedly having sex with a male student, the DailyMail.com reports.
The Lynnwood High School choir teacher has been charged with first-degree sexual misconduct with a minor, according to the site.
Officials say in the DailyMail.com story the much married Sondheim and the student (16 at the time) became close and the relationship turned sexual. Her photo was still on the school web page.
She wrote on the choir page: “I am excited to get to know each and every one of you,” the news agency reports.