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Former high school coach faces new allegation of sex with another teen girl

Michael Martis after his arrest in June 2016.
Michael Martis after his arrest in June 2016.

A former St. Francis Catholic High School softball coach accused in June of having sex with an underage girl on his team faced a new felony count in Sacramento Superior Court on Tuesday of having sex with another teenage girl a decade ago.

Michael Martis, 57, was previously charged with six felonies including sexual intercourse, oral copulation and penetration using a foreign object with a 16-year-old girl from June through September 2013. That victim told police in November 2015 that the physical encounters came after text messages with Martis during her sophomore year in which he signaled his interest in a relationship.

Martis was in court Tuesday to face the amended complaint from the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office adding a seventh felony count alleging sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old between September 2006 and September 2007.

It is unclear how Martis met her. The victim would now be in her mid-20s.

Martis pleaded not guilty Tuesday to all counts. He returns to court Jan. 3. Neither victim was identified in court documents.

The District Attorney’s Office declined to discuss the new allegation.

Kelly Babineau, Martis’ lawyer, did not immediately return a call to discuss her client’s case. She said in June outside a courtroom where Martis was arraigned that her client was surprised by the allegations against him.

Sacramento police spokeswoman Officer Traci Trapani said in June that the relationship came to light after the teenager’s family intercepted a text message between her and Martis last year and called police.

St. Francis High School officials said Martis coached junior varsity and varsity softball at the school between 2010 to 2014. He left in 2014 to coach at Oak Ridge High School in El Dorado Hills. He was the Oak Ridge varsity softball coach for one season in spring 2015.

Darrell Smith contributed to this story.

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