Suspended Leechburg police Chief Mike Diebold headed for PFA hearing – Tribune

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The wife of suspended Leechburg police Chief Mike Diebold has filed for a permanent protection from abuse order against him.

According to court records, a hearing on the request by Danielle Reinke Diebold is scheduled for Wednesday in Armstrong County Court in Kittanning.

The PFA hearing was confirmed Thursday by Brenda George, the county’s prothonotary and clerk of courts.

Mike Diebold, 40, of Forks Church Road, Gilpin, is accused of using the internet to solicit sex from a person he thought was a 14-year-old girl. The girl actually was a special agent for the state Attorney General’s Office predator task force.

Mike Diebold was arrested in a Jan. 5 sting in a Lower Burrell convenience store parking lot and initially was jailed in the Westmoreland County Prison in lieu of $500,000 bond pending the hearing.

He later posted bond and was released.

He is not staying at his home because Danielle Diebold was granted an emergency PFA previously that prohibits Mike Diebold from having contact with his wife, stepdaughter and son.

George said the permanent PFA application

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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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Leechburg reacts to arrest of Police Chief Mike Diebold on child predator charges – Tribune

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For those closest to Leechburg police Chief Mike Diebold, it’s difficult to understand the child predator allegations that came out against him Friday after an investigation by the state Attorney General’s Office.

Diebold, 40, of Forks Church Road in Gilpin was arrested Friday after attempting to rendezvous with a 14-year-old girl who was actually an undercover agent, according to the attorney general.

The news came as a shock to friends and family who have stood by Diebold during the turbulent six months since he was injured in a fireworks accident and lost part of one arm.

It seemed there was a light at the end of the tunnel after Diebold reached an agreement at the end of December with borough officials on what steps he needed to take to possibly return to work as chief.

Diebold’s mother comments

Diebold’s mom, Karen Diebold, was obviously shaken during a phone interview on Saturday.

“I just want to say that people have to not blame family members like me and Danielle (Diebold’s wife),” she said. “It’s hard enough

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