FRUITLAND, Idaho — Fruitland High School principal Mike Fitch resigned on Thursday, nearly two months after he was charged with sexual battery and solicitation of prostitution.
Fitch was charged with the two misdemeanor counts in February after officials said he repeatedly propositioned, touched and sent graphic images and videos to another employee at the school.
Fitch, who was also the school's basketball coach, remained employed by the Fruitland School District until his resignation on Thursday, although Superintendent Teresa Fabricius has been acting principal at the high school.
Idaho State Police began investigating the case in November after the school employee told detectives that Fitch had repeatedly asked her for sex and made inappropriate overtures to her since shortly after she was hired in August. Fitch is also accused of groping the woman on several occasions. At one point, he allegedly offered the woman $300 for sex.
In a news release Thursday, Fitch's attorneys, Alex Briggs and Mistie Bauscher, said their client decided to resign because it's in the best interest of his family.
"Mr. Fitch's resignation does not admit any liability or wrongdoing and he makes this decision based on what's best for his family," the attorneys said in the statement. "Due to the intense and biased media coverage in this matter, we look forward to presenting the facts in the future."
Fabricius said the resignation allows the district to move forward with the search for a new principal.
"I want to again thank our staff and students for staying focused on learning this year," she said.