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August 17, 2012

Judge won’t dismiss child sex charges against former Garden Plain coach

A Sedgwick County District Court judge today denied a request to dismiss the charges against a former Garden Plain football coach accused of child sex crimes.

A Sedgwick County District Court judge today denied a request to dismiss the charges against a former Garden Plain football coach accused of child sex crimes.

Defense attorney Dan Monnat argued Friday that a detective posing as an underage girl entrapped Todd Puetz during an undercover sex sting operation when he answered an adult escort advertisement. State attorney Shannon Wilson argued Friday that Puetz’s phone call and request for information after the detective told him she was 15 and selling sex constitutes solicitation under Kansas’ legal definition of the term.

Judge Ben Burgess turned down the motion, saying “Mr. Puetz, under his own volition ... and free voice answered that ad,” and that Puetz believed he was meeting a minor.

Puetz, a winning high school football coach and athletic director, was charged with electronic solicitation, attempted aggravated indecent liberties with a child and attempted criminal sodomy in November.

His trial is set for Sept. 10.

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