Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Though he was found not guilty of two counts of attempted sex acts, a jury this week was unable to reach a decision on whether or not Todd Puetz was guilty of electronic solicitation of a child.
The lack of a verdict does not mean the case against Puetz is over. District Attorney Mark Bennett's office released a statement today saying Puetz will be tried again on that single count.
"Like any case that ends in a mistrial, count one in State v. Puetz has been placed back on the trial calendar by the court. The next scheduled jury trial date is June 24, 2013. No ‘refiling’ of the case is necessary."
Bennett's office released the statement to clear up any confusion over what Monday's verdict meant.
Monday, April 8, 2013
Todd Puetz, the Garden Plain Football Coach caught in a sex crime sting in October of 2011, has been found not guilty on two counts of attempted sex acts.
Jurors were unable to reach a verdict on the third count of electronic solicitation of a child.
Puetz was accused of trying to meet who he thought was an underage girl he had been communicating with online. He was one of seven men arrested in the online sting operation where an officer posed as a young girl and lured them to a Wichita address where they were arrested.
The Exploited and Missing Child Unit arrested Puetz when he went to an address that was mentioned during a phone call with the police decoy.
The trial began early last week and the jury began deliberating on Friday.
Puetz was the second defendant in the sting operation to go to trial. The first defendant, Kyle Miller was found not guilty by a Sedgwick County jury in early March.