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Former Kansas high school football coach details encounters with 'massage therapists'

Updated: 2013-04-09T22:11:29Z

By Hurst Laviana

The Wichita Eagle

Former Garden Plain football coach Todd Puetz told a Sedgwick County jury Thursday that he regularly received massages to ease tension, but he said he only twice accepted an offer for a “happy ending” that added a sexual element to the service.

Puetz said a third encounter, on Oct. 22, 2011, resulted in him having intercourse with the massage therapist. It was less than an hour after leaving that third encounter at a west Wichita motel, he said, that he stopped at a house where undercover police officers were posing as underage prostitutes.

Puetz’s testimony came during the fourth day of his trial on charges of electronic solicitation of a child, attempted aggravated indecent liberties with a child and attempted criminal sodomy.

Wichita police said Puetz was arrested after responding to an ad placed in the escort section of the backpage.com website. He is accused of arranging to have sex with a detective posing as a 15-year-old girl.

Puetz repeatedly told prosecutor Justin Edwards that he could not recall how many massages he received before his arrest.

He also told Edwards that he naively believed that a police officer posing as a prostitute would have to tell the truth if she was asked if she was an officer.

“Who told you that?” Edwards asked.

“Pretty much the first massage place told me that when they first saw me,” Puetz said.

“I’d never been arrested. I didn’t do this stuff. I didn’t know. That’s what I believed.”

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