Leechburg Pennsylvania Police Chief Mike Diebold has been accused of soliciting sex from an undercover agent posing online as a 14-year-old girl.
Diebold was arrested and charged with unlawful contact with a minor and criminal attempt to commit involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, according to the PA state Attorney General’s Office.
Diebold, 40, of Forks Church Road, Gilpin, was arrested after arranging to meet with the person he thought was the 14-year-old girl.
According to Shapiro, Diebold sent inappropriate pictures to the undercover agent prior to the meeting. He also solicited the agent for unlawful sexual contact.
“This case is particularly heinous because the perpetrator is a public official, sworn to serve and protect the community,” Shapiro said in the statement. “We have a zero- tolerance policy for the sexual abuse of children, and my office will prosecute any offender to the fullest extent of the law, no matter who they are.”
WHAT STATE AGENTS ALLEGE
According to Police Chief Mike Diebold’s affidavit, or arrest papers:
The investigation started Sept. 15, 2017, when Diebold placed an online advertisement. The ad began: “Dominate (sic) male police officer seeks fun, discreet sub playmate.” He was seeking a partner of “any age, race or status.” Allegedly, he went by the user name “kutecop4you.”
An undercover agent with the state Attorney General’s Office responded. The agent said “on multiple occasions” that they were a 14-year-old girl in the eighth grade.
Authorities say Diebold was undeterred.
They say he responded with sexually explicit encouragement and requested to meet the girl, saying “we just need to meet.”
Police Chief Mike Diebold’s arrest papers next describe an incident that allegedly occurred Dec. 29. They say kutecop4you’s account included six photos that showed a man’s clothed, but highly suggestive, groin along with suggestive text.
With the last photo, the poster wrote: “Now it’s your turn.”
Posing as the girl, the AG’s agent asked to meet Diebold in person.
Police Chief Mike Diebold busted
When Diebold was arrested when he showed up at the prearranged meeting spot.
In the interview that followed, “Diebold admitted to communicating with the purported child during all the communications.”
They say he acknowledged that the user name and profile picture were his. And that the communications with the purported girl were also his.
“Diebold admitted that he knew that sexual contact with a 14-year-old child was wrong. And illegal. And that his life was totally over.”
They say that Diebold’s cellphone that he had when arrested included a message thread with the girl.
Authorities say Diebold “stated that he has been utilizing the internet to post ads in the personal sections for the last several years.”
So has he been doing this for several years? And only now has he been caught?
Probably so. Hard to think this is a one-off incident.
Five facts about Police Chief Mike Diebold
- Diebold, 40, of Gilpin has been a police officer for 21 years. In 2007 he became Leechburg’s police chief.
- On June 24 he lost his arm while lighting fireworks mortars at a community festival hosted by the Leechburg volunteer fire department, hours after his infant son’s christening.
- He married his fiancée, Danielle Reinke, on July 11, less than three weeks after the accident.
- In December 2017, Diebold and the Leechburg Council came to an agreement about his return to duty. If he could complete a fitness for duty medical exam, he would return to full active duty.
- On Friday, Jan. 5, Diebold was arrested in the parking lot of the Lower Burrell Sheetz, where the state attorney general’s office said he was expecting to meet with a 14-year-old girl for sex. The girl was actually an undercover state agent posing as a minor online.
And this guy is a Chief of Police?
Fact: proper background checks are just not done for people entering law enforcement.
And no, this is not the exception to the rule. It is a common occurrence in American law enforcement agencies.
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