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From Michael James Snitzler’s Facebook page

ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Date: May 3, 2017

Case #17CF1017

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. – Michael James Snitzler, 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:

  • 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
  • Maximum Sentence: 10 years and six months in state prison
  • Court Date – Pre-Trial: May 12, 2017 at Department C-55, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana
  • The defendant is currently in custody on $30,000 bail.
From Michael James Snitzler’s Facebook page

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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TONY RACKAUCKAS, District Attorney

Susan Kang Schroeder, Chief of Staff
Office: 714-347-8408
Cell: 714-292-2718

Michelle Van Der Linden,Spokesperson
Office: 714-347-8405
Cell: 714-323-4486



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One thought on “Santa Ana man charged with bringing a gun to a school and having sex with a minor”
  1. He has a gun, creates a 10 hour standoff with the police, sexually molests a minor He does all that and his bail is only $30k. Absolutely unbelievable. I’ve seen bail higher than that for driving on a suspended license.

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