A Kentucky middle school teacher and softball coach has been taken into federal custody for allegedly seeking sex with a teenage girl.
Brandon Lee Dietz, 37, was put into the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service on Friday and is being held until his trial, according to a release by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Kentucky.
Last month, an undercover investigator posed as a 14-year-old girl on the messaging app KiK and was contacted by Dietz, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
“A conversation developed which was made sexual by the subject, including a request for sexual images, and a request to meet in person to engage in sex acts,” authorities said. “The subject, later revealed through investigatory techniques to be Brandon Dietz, also sent two ‘live’ images of himself to what he believed to be the 14-year old, but was actually an undercover investigator.”
After a few days, Dietz and the undercover agent allegedly agreed to meet up in Jeffersontown, a suburb of Louisville.
Just before their rendezvous, however, Dietz messaged the agent to tell them he feared he was being “set up” after he noticed a police presence close to where they planned to meet.
Dietz then tried to flee in his car and “left the neighborhood at a high rate of speed,” according to the release. He blew through a stop sign, and the same undercover investigator he chatted with on KiK initiated a traffic stop.
After he was arrested, Dietz “acknowledged driving to Jeffersontown with the intent to have sex with the underage girl,” authorities said.
Dietz works at Frederick Law Olmsted Academy North, an all-boys public school where he teaches career choices and consumerism, according to a LinkedIn profile that appears to belong to Dietz.
He’s also a girls’ softball coach, according to the Courier-Journal, a Louisville-based newspaper.
It’s unclear if Dietz has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf.
[Photo Credit: Louisville Metro Department of Correction]
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