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May 5, 2017

VARSITY FOOTBALL COACH FACING CHARGES FOR INITIATING 10-HOUR STANDOFF WITH POLICE AT EL MODENA HIGH SCHOOL

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:06 am

VARSITY FOOTBALL COACH FACING CHARGES FOR INITIATING 10-HOUR STANDOFF WITH POLICE AT EL MODENA HIGH SCHOOL

Defendant Charges Maximum Sentence Court Date
Michael James Snitzler, 26, Santa Ana Charged on April 25, 2017:

Felony

  • Possession of a firearm in a school zone
  • Discharging or attempting to discharge a firearm in a gun-free school zone

Misdemeanor

  • Possession of ammunition on school property

Additional misdemeanor charges filed on May 3, 2017:

  • Unlawful sexual intercourse
  • Child annoyance
10 years and six months in state prison Pre-Trial

  • May 12, 2017
  • Department C-55, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana

The defendant is currently in custody on $30,000 bail.

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A varsity football coach is facing charges for initiating a 10-hour standoff with police and engaging in a sexual relationship with a minor student at El Modena High School (EMHS).

Circumstances of the Case

  • At the time of the crime, Snitzler was employed as an assistant varsity football coach at EMHS in Orange.
  • In February 2017, the defendant is accused of meeting a 17-year-old minor student and communicating with the victim via text messages.
  • In March 2017, the defendant is accused of engaging in a sexual relationship with the minor student.
  • At approximately 10:45 a.m. on April 23, 2017, the defendant’s family member contacted Orange Police Department (OPD).
  • Snitzler is accused of locking himself inside of a classroom at EMHS with a loaded firearm.
  • The defendant is also accused of being in a standoff with OPD for 10 hours before surrendering. OPD arrested the defendant at approximately 8:30 p.m.
  • During OPD’s investigation, police discovered Snitzler’s relationship with the victim.

Prosecutor: Deputy District Attorney Raymund Diaz, Central Justice Center

*Defendant is facing additional charges for engaging in a sexual relationship with a minor student

Orange County District Attorney / Case #17CF1017 / May 3, 2017

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