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Wichita teacher formally charged in child sex case

Terry Couch, a Wichita middle school teacher and track coach, was formally charged Thursday with aggravated indecent liberties with a child for allegedly having inappropriate sexual contact with a student.
Terry Couch, a Wichita middle school teacher and track coach, was formally charged Thursday with aggravated indecent liberties with a child for allegedly having inappropriate sexual contact with a student. Courtesy of Wichita public schools

A Wichita middle school teacher and track coach was formally charged Thursday with aggravated indecent liberties with a child for allegedly having inappropriate sexual contact with a student.

Terry Couch, 55, appeared in Sedgwick County District Court with his lawyer for his first appearance, where he was advised by Judge Jeff Goering of the charge. He nodded as the judge spoke and said “yes, sir” and “no, sir” in response to questions.

His defense attorney shielded Couch as they left the courtroom after the brief hearing ended. Neither spoke to reporters about the allegations.

Couch was a physical education teacher and girls track coach at Mayberry Middle School; he also was the cross country coach at Wichita West High School. He was placed on administrative leave after the accusations arose, USD 259 spokeswoman Susan Arensman has said.

He had been the middle school’s girls track coach since 1983, according to a biography of his posted online.

A police report dated Jan. 25 indicates a student told a counselor at Mayberry about Couch “touching her inappropriately while at his apartment.” He was arrested Feb. 17.

Amy Renee Leiker: 316-268-6644, @amyreneeleiker

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