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Former St. Francis coach charged with sex crimes

Michael Martis
Michael Martis Sacramento Police Department

Michael Martis, 57, a former St. Francis Catholic High School softball coach accused of having sexual relations with an underage girl on the team, remained expressionless as a Sacramento Superior Court judge read the charges against him at his arraignment Thursday morning.

The charges included felony offenses, including sexual intercourse with a minor who is more than three years younger than the perpetrator, participating in an act of oral copulation with a minor and penetration using a foreign object with anyone under 18 years of age.

“Mr. Martis was surprised by the allegations being made,” said Kelly Babineau, Martis’ lawyer, outside of the courtroom. “We look forward to the opportunity to demonstrate that they are not true and we look forward to pursuing his legal remedies in court.”

The Sacramento Bee previously reported that the teenager’s family first revealed the relationship between the student and the softball coach after finding inappropriate text messages between the two.

Police began an investigation in November and found that the two had been sending each other such text messages beginning in 2013, while the student was a sophomore.

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

Martis was arrested by Sacramento police on June 9 after turning himself in at the Sacramento County Main Jail. He was released the following day.

The former softball coach is scheduled to return to court on July 21.