Jury finds ex-Fruitland High principal not guilty of sexual battery of school employee

Posted at 5:19 PM, Oct 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-04 19:24:27-04

CALDWELL — The Idaho Statesman: A Canyon County jury on Friday found the longtime coach and principal of Fruitland High School not guilty of sexual battery and one other misdemeanor in a case that involved claims by a female school employee.

Mike Fitch’s trial lasted four days, and a jury of three men and three women in Canyon County reached its verdict on Friday after about three hours of deliberation.

Fitch, 44, resigned in April after he was charged with two counts of misdemeanor sexual battery and one count of patronizing a prostitute. Patronizing a prostitute, by state statute, is when someone “pays or offers or agrees to pay another person a fee for the purpose of engaging in an act of sexual conduct or sexual contact.”

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