Football Coach Michael Snitzler Guilty Unlawful Sex, Firearms at El Modena High
Snitzler Pleads Guilty to Multiple Charges Including Unlawful Sex with Girl, 17
SANTA ANA, Calif. (Sept. 1, 2017) –Michael James Snitzler, 27, Santa Ana, a former varsity football coach at El Modena High School, has plead guilty to charges of felony possession of a firearm in a school zone, possession of ammunition on school property and unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.
Snitzler was sentenced Thursday to nine months in county jail and five years of formal probation, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
Snitzler, who was employed as an assistant varsity football coach at the Orange high school, engaged police on a 10-hour standoff at the school back on April 23, 2017.
Snitzler was accused of having unlawful consensual sex with a 17-year-old student at the school in February who he communicated with via text messages.
The football coach and student began a sexual relationship in March, but the family of the girl found out and notified police on April 23. Police went to the school about 10:45 a.m. the same day and Snitzler locked himself in an office armed with a loaded firearm. He eventually surrendered to police about 8:30 p.m.
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