Leechburg, Pa., Police Chief Mike Diebold, 40, was taken into custody after attempting to rendezvous with a 14-year-old girl who was actually an undercover agent. The investigation was being conducted by the state Attorney General’s office.
Leechburg, Pa., Police Chief Mike Diebold, 40, was arrested Friday after attempting to rendezvous with a 14-year-old girl who was actually an undercover agent, according to the state Attorney General’s office, reports the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. The news came as a shock to friends and family who have stood by Diebold during the turbulent six months since he was injured in a fireworks accident and lost part of one arm.
Diebold is being held under protective custody at the Westmoreland County Prison. He is charged with unlawful contact with a minor and criminal attempt to commit involuntary deviate sexual intercourse. Diebold had reached an agreement at the end of December with officials on what steps he needed to take to return as chief. The Leechburg community rallied around him over the past six months as he recovered from his severe injuries. Nearly $17,000 was raised for Diebold and his family through a GoFundMe account since the accident.