SANTA ANA (CBSLA.com) — Prosecutors say an Orange County high school football coach is facing charges for initiating a 10-hour standoff with police and engaging in a sexual relationship with an underage student.
Michael James Snitzler, 26, is accused of meeting a 17-year-old minor student in February and communicating with the victim via text messages, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s office.
In March, Snitzler – who was employed at the time as an assistant varsity football coach at El Modena High School (EMHS) – is believed to have engaged in a “sexual relationship” with the student.
The victim’s family members contacted police on April 23, prosecutors say.
Snitzler is accused of locking himself inside of a classroom at EMHS with a loaded firearm before he surrendered roughly 10 hours later around 8:30 p.m., according to officials.
He faces weapons and child annoyance charges that could result in a sentence of more than 10 years in state prison if convicted.
Snitzler is being held on $30,000 bail.