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South Aiken teacher charged with sexual battery released from jail

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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.

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Riverman1 12/20/13 - 05:30 am
I'm not taking up for this

I'm not taking up for this guy because any teacher who does that is out to lunch, but I'll point out something. She could be a juvenile, yet above the age of consent which is 16 in South Carolina.

bdouglas 12/20/13 - 09:51 am

According to the Aiken Standard, it was a 16 year old female. The charge comes from SC Law, Section 16-3-755, Section B, which states: “If a person affiliated with a public or private secondary school in an official capacity engages in sexual battery with a student enrolled in the school who is sixteen or seventeen years of age, and aggravated coercion or aggravated force is not used to accomplish the sexual battery, the person affiliated with the public or private secondary school in an official capacity is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be imprisoned for not more than five years.”


Riverman1 12/20/13 - 03:28 pm
Bd, I'll buy that.

Bd, I'll buy that.

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