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:
Additional misdemeanor charges filed on May 3, 2017:
|10 years and six months in state prison||Pre-Trial
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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