South Aiken Teacher accused of sexual battery resigns
A South Aiken High School teacher accused of having sexual relations with a student has decided to “voluntarily terminate” his employment with the Aiken County Public School District, according to a District spokesman.
Michael Paul Waters, 41, sent a letter to the school system through his attorney stating that he decided to voluntarily terminate his employment, according to School Board attorney Bill Burkhalter.
“We've just gotten verification of it within the last couple of days,” Burkhalter said on Wednesday.
Waters was arrested in December and charged with five counts of sexual battery with a student on allegations that he had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old female student from September to December 2013, police have said.
School officials notified the Aiken Department of Public Safety of the allegations on Dec. 13, and Waters was arrested Dec. 18. He was later released on bond and had been on paid administrative leave since his arrest.
Burkhalter said Waters was served near the end of January with notices for the suspension of salary and the School Board's recommendation to terminate his employment.
“He has chosen not to contest the board's intention to terminate,” Burkhalter said.
Waters has retained Aiken attorney James Whittle to represent him. He was expected to make his first court appearance on Feb. 14; however, all first appearances for that day were rescheduled to March 3 due to the winter ice storm.
Waters came to South Aiken in 2003 and was the boys soccer coach and an assistant football coach, as well as a geography and economics teacher. He was relieved of his position with the soccer team last month.
Teddy Kulmala covers the crime and courts beat for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since August 2012. He is a native of Williston and majored in communication studies at Clemson University.