Former Garden Plain teacher and coach Todd Puetz was found not guilty on two of three charges Monday following a weeklong trial in Wichita. The jury could not reach a decision on a third charge.
Puetz was acquitted on the charges of attempted aggravated indecent liberties with a child and attempted criminal sodomy. But on the more serious charge of electronic solicitation of a child, jurors said they were deadlocked.
The State-championship-winning football coach was arrested in October 2011 as part of a sting operation that utilized an online ad. The prosecution argued Puetz went to a home on west Kellogg to have sex with a 15-year-old, who in reality was an undercover police officer. The defense argued that Puetz answered the ad seeking a massage.
The trial included lurid details and was extensively covered by Wichita-area media.
According to Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett, any case that ends in a mistrial is placed back on the trial calendar by the court. The next jury trial for the electronic solicitation charge is scheduled for June 24. Bennett said the case does not have to be “refiled.”