A child sex sting operation led to the arrest of a police chief, who allegedly used the moniker “kutecop4you” in Pennsylvania in an online personals ad.
“You will just have to get me naked tomorrow,” Michael William Diebold, Leechburg Police Department’s police chief allegedly wrote to someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl, according to a criminal complaint obtained by NBC News. “I’m not teasing.”
The Leechburg Police Department is reportedly a three-man force. Their website still lists Diebold as the police chief. They have not released any statements.
Diebold, 40, allegedly stated that “everyone has to have a first time.” The 14-year-old girl he thought he was talking to was actually a special agent who worked for the Attorney General’s office. Police were alerted after Diebold allegedly posted an ad online back in September. It read, “I am a dom male that is also employed as a full time police officer. I hope that doesn’t scare you off.” According to NBC, he called himself “white, straight, good looking, clean” and “mentally stable and fun.”
"I am looking for a female sub for ongoing play sessions,” the ad said according to CNN. “I do not have a set type of woman so any age, race or status may email me. I respect any and all limits and you do not need to be experienced."
Diebold allegedly tried to meet up with the teen on Friday. Instead of getting naked, he was arrested. He now faces multiple charges, including unlawful contact with a minor related to sexual offenses. His bail has been set to half a million dollars, CNN reports. It is unclear if he has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf at this time.
The police chief was seemingly loved in the town before being arrested for allegedly soliciting sex with a minor. He got married during a televised wedding one year after losing his arm in a fireworks accident, WTAE reports. After losing a limb he was interviewed on “Good Morning America.”
"I've heard from police officers across the nation, across the world," Diebold exclaimed at the time. "I've heard from people I've put in jail. I've had visitors here that I've cited for things in the past. It's been really touching."
Diebold’s wife is devastated in light of the allegations.
“We are grieving the loss of that man,” she wrote. “I feel like they are two different people — but they are not,” Danielle Diebold told TIME. “I don’t know how to pick up all these broken pieces and find a way to put them back together and go on with my life, but I have to try to find a way for my children. I am broken, devastated, humiliated, and I was completely blindsided.”
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