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TONY RACKAUCKAS, District Attorney
 
 

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ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY<h3>NEWS RELEASE</h3>TONY RACKAUCKAS, District Attorney

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ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY<h3>NEWS RELEASE</h3>TONY RACKAUCKAS, District Attorney

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Case #17CF1017

Date: May 3, 2017

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

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

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).

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.

 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

 



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