D.C. cheerleading coach admits to giving birth to student's child

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A supervisor for the District's summer jobs program admitted to giving birth to a baby fathered by a high school student with whom she had a months-long affair.

Loni Haggins, 30, who also worked as a teacher's aide and cheerleading coach at Wilson High School in Northwest Washington, pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree sexual abuse of a secondary education student, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday.

Haggins, of Bowie, faces up to a year in prison at her Dec. 14 sentencing. She will be required to register as a sex offender for up to 10 years.

According to prosecutors, Haggins met the 17-year-old boy in 2010, while she was his supervisor in the Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program at Amidon-Bowen Elementary School.

Shortly after the program ended in August 2010, Haggins began a sexual relationship the youth, prosecutors said. At the time, she was employed at Wilson High School. He was a student at another high school in the District.

She attended the boy's basketball games, picked him up from school, took him to dinner, and routinely bought him shoes, clothes and other items, prosecutors said.

The teacher's aide and student had sex nearly every day, mostly at her home in Bowie but sometimes at the student's home, documents said.

During the holidays, the student brought Haggins home for Thanksgiving dinner and introduced her to his family, police documents said.

The student intended to end the relationship that December, but Haggins told him that she was pregnant with his baby, documents said. He broke up with her the next month but continued to have sex with her until April 2011.

Haggins became pregnant a second time and informed the victim that he was the biological father. She gave birth to a boy in August 2011, and the youth's mother notified police.

Paternity tests confirmed that the teen is the father. Haggins was arrested last month.

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