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Leechburg police chief charged with seeking sex from agent posing as 14-year-old girl

Updated: 10:14 PM EST Jan 5, 2018

LEECHBURG, Pa. —

State prosecutors are accusing the police chief in Leechburg, Armstrong County, who lost part of his arm in a fireworks accident last year, of trying to solicit sex online from an undercover agent posing as a 14-year-old girl.

The attorney general’s office said Leechburg Police Chief Michael W. Diebold, 40, was arrested Friday at a Sheetz gas station in Westmoreland County where he had allegedly hoped to meet up with the girl.

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Bond was set at $500,000. Prosecutors say Diebold is charged with two felonies: unlawful contact with a minor and criminal attempt to commit involuntary deviate sexual intercourse. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing by District Judge Cheryl Peck-Yakopec on Jan. 16.

Diebold allegedly sent sexually explicit messages and photos to the undercover agent via the Kik messenger app with the username “Kutecop4you,” according to a criminal complaint.

“Diebold admitted that he knew that sexual contact with a 14-year child was wrong and illegal and that his life was totally over,” the complaint said.

In the complaint, Special Agent Daniel Block said his communications with Diebold began after he went undercover to respond to an online ad titled “Dominate male police officer seeks fun, discreet, sub playmate-m4w.”