South Aiken Teacher & Coach Jailed for Sex with Student

A teacher and coach at South Aiken High School was charged today with sexual battery for having a sexual relationship with a student, authorities said.

Michael Paul Waters, 41, of Casaba Drive, Aiken, was charged with five counts of sexual battery with a student.

Public Safety Lt. J.D. “Jake” Mahoney said Waters was involved in an ongoing, unlawful physical relationship with the female student. A police report says the relationship occurred between September and December.

A profile of Waters on a school website says students know the suspect as “Coach Waters.”

“I have been teaching Economics and Geography here at South Aiken going on 11 years now,” Waters wrote on the website. “I enjoy teaching young people in hopes of one day making a difference in their lives. I LOVE coaching and I am a sports fanatic.”

The site says Waters is the defensive back coach for football and head boy’s soccer coach.

Waters surrendered to police Wednesday and was booked into the Aiken County Detention Center.