Wichita man pleads guilty to electronic solicitation

Todd Kautz

WICHITA, Kansas – A 44-year-old Wichita man was sentenced to 176 months in prison after pleading guilty to electronic solicitation.

Todd Kautz’s sentence was handed down this afternoon by District Judge Ben Burgess.

The investigation began when a 37-year-old man saw a Craigslist ad from someone attempting to solicit teenage boys for sex.

The Wichita resident was upset someone would write such a post and later told police he responded to the ad as if he was a 13-year-old boy.

After several lewd text messages from the person who advertised on Craigslist, the 37-year-old man reported the incident to police and the Exploited and Missing Child Unit began an investigation.

An EMCU detective used the man’s cell phone, and texted the person who placed the ad on Craigslist.

On April 30th, the detective, posing as a high school freshman, set up a meeting in a Wichita park.

The person who sent the original Craigslist ad planned to have sex with the 13-year-old in the park.

As another undercover officer walked toward a row of cars in the parking lot, more text messages were sent to the officer, describing a silver BMW.

Todd Kautz was arrested a few moments later. In his car, the cell phone was still on and the last text messages about the silver BMW were visible on the screen of the phone.

Kautz made his first appearance in court on May 5. He pleaded guilty to a charge of electronic solicitation on July 15.

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