A suspended police chief from Leechburg has pleaded guilty to soliciting sex from a minor, and will spend some more time in jail.
The Tribune-Review reports that 41-year-old Michael Diebold agreed to a deal with state prosecutors for guilty pleas to felony statutory sexual assault, attempted statutory sexual assault, unlawful restraint, and criminal use of a communications device.
Diebold was arrested after he solicited sex from someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl, but in reality was an undercover state Attorney General’s Office predator task force member.
Diebold was sentenced to nine to 23 months in jail and three years of probation, but was given credit for time served, so he will be eligible for parole on January 28th. He must also register as a sex offender for the next 25 years and is barred from having a job in the law enforcement field.