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Tuesday, October 16, 2012
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Former Educational Aide Pleads Guilty
To Sexual Abuse of a High School Student
-Defendant Gave Birth to Teenage Victim’s Child-
WASHINGTON - Loni Haggins, 30, a former educational aide and youth program supervisor, has pled guilty to a charge stemming from her sexual abuse of a male student during his senior year of high school, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced today.
Haggins, of Bowie, Md., pled guilty on Oct. 12, 2012, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, to attempted second-degree sexual abuse of a secondary education student. The Honorable Russell F. Canan scheduled sentencing for Dec. 14, 2012. Haggins faces up to a year in prison. She also will be required to register as a sex offender for a period of 10 years.
According to the government’s evidence, in 2010 and 2011, Loni Haggins was on the staff of Wilson High School in Northwest Washington, working as an educational aide and cheerleading coach. The victim was a student at another school.
During the summer of 2010, Haggins worked as a supervisor for the District of Columbia Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program. The victim, one of the students participating in the program, was supervised by Haggins. In August 2010, shortly after the youth program ended, Haggins began engaging in sexual acts with the victim, and continued to do so on a regular basis through April 2011. The victim was 17. Haggins attended the victim’s high school basketball games, picked him up from school, took him out to dinner, and routinely bought him shoes, clothes and other items, as she continued to engage in sexual activity with him.
Haggins advised the victim that they should keep their relationship a secret until after he turned 18. During that time, Haggins became pregnant twice and informed the victim that he was the biological father. The second pregnancy culminated in Haggins giving birth to a child. Paternity testing established that the victim was the biological father of that child.
Haggins was arrested on Sept. 14, 2012.
In announcing the plea, U.S. Attorney Machen commended the work performed by those who investigated the case from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Youth Investigations Division. He also praised those who handled the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Victim Witness Advocate Veronica Vaughan and Paralegal Joyce Arthur. Finally, he commended Assistant U.S. Attorney Erin B. Andrews, who is prosecuting the matter.