A former coach at St. Francis and Oak Ridge high schools pleaded guilty to having sex with two teenage girls who played on his softball teams, Sacramento County District Attorney’s officials said Monday.
Michael Martis pleaded guilty to having unlawful sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old, who played on Martis’ softball team between 2006 and 2007, and a 16-year-old, who was a player on a separate team Martis coached in 2013, according to officials with the district attorney’s office.
The relationships began with flirtatious text message and developed into a sexual relationship, prosecutors said.
Following Martis’ arrest in June 2016, Sacramento police said Martis’ relationship with the 16-year-old continued after he transferred in 2014 to Oak Ridge High School in El Dorado Hills.
The relationship lasted two years before the victim’s parents went to investigators after intercepting text messages sent between Martis and the teen, police said.
St. Francis High School president Margo Reid Brown released a statement following Martis’ arrest:
“At various times, Mr. Martis coached JV or varsity softball at St. Francis from 2010 to 2014. He passed the fingerprint background check we require of all staff and volunteers prior to working with students and he left on good terms when he started coaching at another local school in 2014. During his association with St. Francis High School, we received no complaints about Mr. Martis.”
The El Dorado Union High School District also released a statement on Martis’ arrest. He coached softball at Oak Ridge High School last year.
“Oak Ridge High School and the El Dorado Union High School District’s top priority is always the safety and well-being of our students and staff. We have learned that the Sacramento Police Department has arrested Michael Martis for allegedly having an unlawful sexual relationship with a St. Francis Catholic High School student. Mr. Martis was the varsity softball coach at Oak Ridge High School for one season, the spring of 2015.”
Martis faces four years in prison and will be required to register as a sex offender. His sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 20.
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