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Jury selection begins for former Garden Plain coach charged with child sex crimes

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, April 1, 2013, at 4:20 p.m.
  • Updated Friday, August 30, 2013, at 7:31 a.m.

Jury selection got under way Monday in the trial of a former Garden Plain football coach accused of child-sex crimes.

Todd Puetz, 40, is facing felony charges of electronic solicitation, attempted aggravated indecent liberties with a child and attempted criminal sodomy.

The charges, which were filed in November 2011, accuse him of using electronic communication to try to “entice or solicit” sex from someone he thought was a 15-year-old girl.

Puetz was one of seven men arrested after a two-day sting operation involving Wichita police and federal law enforcement agents. His trial is being held in the courtroom of District Judge Ben Burgess.

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