Former Garden Plain coach found not guilty

Todd Puetz

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WICHITA, Kansas — A Sedgwick County jury acquitted a former Garden Plain football coach of two charges involving sex with children but could not reach a verdict on a third count.

The jury on Monday found Todd Puetz not guilty of attempted aggravated indecent liberties with a child and attempted criminal sodomy. The jury deadlocked on a charge of electronic solicitation of a child.

Puetz was one of seven men arrested after a police sting operation in October 2011. He was accused of trying to meet a person he thought was a 15-year-old girl for sex after communicating with her online.

His attorneys argued Puetz was entrapped by an undercover agent and he didn’t solicit anyone.

Prosecutors did not say if they intend to retry Puetz on the solicitation charge.

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