Five things to know about Leechburg police Chief Mike Diebold

Leechburg police Chief Mike Diebold escorted from station

Leechburg police Chief Mike Diebold, who has been on paid leave since June after losing his lower left arm in a fireworks accident, was arrested Friday and charged with soliciting sex online from a person he thought was a minor.

Here’s five things to know about Diebold:

  • Diebold, 40, of Gilpin has been a police officer for 21 years. He became Leechburg's police chief in 2007.
  • He lost his arm on June 24 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, 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.

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