Former Hagerty High School teacher accused of sex with teen gets 2 years in prison

Teacher took plea deal, will hand over teaching certificate

Michael Scott Fitzwater, 40, of Chuluota.
Michael Scott Fitzwater, 40, of Chuluota.

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – A Seminole County teacher will spend two years in state prison after investigators say he had inappropriate sexual contact with a 16-year-old girl.

Michael Scott Fitzwater, 40, of Chuluota, was arrested last year on one count of unlawful sexual contact with a minor.  Fitzwater was an Exceptional Student Education teacher at Hagerty High School.

Fitzwater took a plea deal Friday that replaced his sex charge with a charge of unlawful use of a communication device.

Fitzwater will also have probation time and agreed to hand over his teaching certificate.

The investigation began in September 2014 when a woman discovered inappropriate text messages being sent between her daughter, who attends Hagerty High, and Fitzwater. Deputies said an investigation uncovered that Fitzwater had inappropriate sexual contact with the girl.