LEECHBURG, Pa. — The wife of Leechburg police Chief Mike Diebold has released a statement on her husband’s arrest on Friday on child sex offenses.
Diebold, 40, was charged with unlawful contact with a minor and criminal attempt to commit involuntary deviate sexual intercourse. He allegedly admitted to soliciting sex from an undercover agent posing online as a 14-year-old girl, according to a criminal complaint.
Diebold gained national attention when he lost an arm in a fireworks accident in June.
The couple married a few weeks after the accident.
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Channel 11 met Diebold's wife back in November. The couple has a brand new baby and she has a 15-year-old daughter.
A member of Danielle Reinke Diebold's family, emailed the following statement to our news partners at TribLIVE.com:
Diebold is now suspended from his position without pay.
For the first time, Leechburg Mayor Wayne Dobos reacted to Channel 11, and only because lawyers gave him the green light to suspend the chief without pay.
He called the arrest of the very man who is supposed to uphold the law "unbelievable."
"Shocked. Shocked is the only word I can think of," Dobos said.
He remains in the Westmoreland County Prison on $500,000 straight bond in protective custody.
Protective custody means he in a cell alone and doesn't go anywhere without a guard.
His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 16.
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