Suspended Leechburg police Chief Mike Diebold free on bond while awaiting hearing – Tribune

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Mike Diebold, the suspended Leechburg police chief facing child predator charges, has been released from jail after posting bond, his attorney confirmed Thursday night.

Attorney Duke George said Diebold was released from the Westmoreland County Prison, which is the county jail.

“The only comment I (will) make is I’m glad he’s out,” George said. “Now he’s entitled to his (due) process, and we’ll see what happens between now and the finalization of these charges.”

Diebold, 40, of Forks Church Road, Gilpin, is accused of soliciting sex via the internet from someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl but actually was a special agent for the state Attorney General’s Office’s predator task force.

He was arrested Jan. 5 after arranging to meet with the person he thought was the girl at the Lower Burrell Sheetz.

Diebold had been jailed since his arrest on $500,000 straight bond. Straight bond requires the suspect to post the entire amount, either in cash or property, as collateral to assure that the suspect doesn’t skip out on upcoming court proceedings.

George said earlier that

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