A married Pennsylvania police chief was arrested for soliciting sex online from a minor. The "minor" was a male special agent posing as a teenage girl.
Michael William Diebold, 40, headed a police force of himself and two other full-time officers, according to the Leechburg Police Department.
According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Diebold had been on medical leave since he lost his arm in a fireworks accident on Jun. 24, 2017.
An investigation into the policeman's behavior began on Sep. 15, 2017, when Diebold allegedly posted an advertisement that read: "Dominate male police officer seeks fun, discreet sub playmate." The ad specified that "any race, age or status" was welcome.
Daniel Block, an agent from the state attorney general's criminal investigations bureau, replied to one of Diebold's ads while posing undercover as a 14-year-old girl. According to CNN, Block said he repeatedly stated the nonexistent girl's age in his correspondence with Diebold.
"[E]veryone has to have a first time," Diebold replied, according to the criminal complaint, adding: "[Y]ou will just have to get me naked tomorrow."
Diebold later asked for a picture of what he believed to be the teenage girl in her bra and panties as "proof" that she was "serious."
Diebold also sent the undercover agent multiple images of an erect penis on Dec. 29.
"Now it's your turn," the officer wrote after the last image, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported.
Block asked to meet Diebold in person; Diebold agreed, still believing that Block was a teenage girl. The police chief arrived at a prearranged location on the afternoon of Jan. 5, where he was arrested on the spot.
Authorities say that Diebold admitted that he had communicated with a person he believed to be a 14-year-old girl. He confirmed that he was aware it was illegal to have sex with a girl of that age.
Leechburg officials say they were unaware of the case. Diebold had been scheduled to return to work soon.
Diebold's wife, Danielle Reinke Diebold, told KDKA that she has "never hurt so bad in all [her] life."
"They say God will never give you more than you can handle, but he did this time … I am broken, devastated, humiliated, and I was completely blindsided. He was the first man ever in my life who never made me question, never gave me a gut feeling, never a bad instinct or sign and we were even in the process of planning to extend our family."
Danielle added that the man who was arrested is "not the man we knew."
"We knew a loving, caring father and husband and we are grieving the loss of that man ... I will never find the right words to say but I want to say I am truly so sorry to everyone out there including any minor that may have been involved, our community, family and friends."