VARSITY FOOTBALL COACH SENTENCED TO NINE MONTHS IN JAIL FOR INITIATING 10-HOUR STANDOFF WITH POLICE AT EL MODENA HIGH SCHOOL
*Defendant also convicted of engaging in a sexual relationship with a minor student
SANTA ANA, Calif. – A varsity football coach was sentenced yesterday to nine months in county jail for initiating a 10-hour standoff with police and engaging in a sexual relationship with a minor student at El Modena High School (EMHS).
Michael James Snitzler, 27, Santa Ana
Pleaded guilty on Aug. 31, 2017, to:
Possession of a firearm in a school zone
Possession of ammunition on school property
Unlawful sexual intercourse
Nine months in county jail
Five years of formal probation
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 met a 17-year-old minor student and communicated with the victim via text messages.
In March 2017, the defendant engaged 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 locked himself inside of an office at EMHS with a loaded firearm.
The defendant was 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