A South Aiken High School teacher and coach charged with five counts of sexual battery with a student has been released from jail.
Michael Paul Waters, 41, of Aiken, was released Thursday from the Aiken County Detention Center on a $25,000 bond after turning himself in the day before, according to jailers.
The Aiken Department of Public Safety was notified by school officials Dec. 13 of a possible inappropriate relationship between a teacher and student, said spokesman Lt. Jake Mahoney.
The sexual misconduct is alleged to have occurred in September but was not disclosed to school personnel until Dec. 13, he said.
“The investigation revealed that the sexual battery occurred both on campus and off campus,” he said.
Mahoney declined to provide the age of the student other than to say she is a juvenile.
He said the sexual relationship between Waters and the juvenile was not coerced.
However, “by law, a student cannot consent to that type of relationship because it’s prohibited,” he said.
Waters taught economics and geography at South Aiken High and was head coach of the boys soccer
team and the football team’s defensive backs coach, according to the school’s Web site.
Mahoney said the investigation will continue.