Ex-police chief accused of offender registration violation

RURAL VALLEY, Pa. (AP) — A former western Pennsylvania police chief has been ordered to stand trial on charges of failure to comply with registration requirements for convicted sex offenders.

The Valley News Dispatch reports that ex-Leechburg police chief Michael Diebold was charged by state police in Armstrong County with two felony counts of not providing accurate registration information. A district justice confirmed Wednesday that the case was sent to Armstrong County Court after a preliminary hearing Tuesday.

Troopers alleged that Diebold used a social media site to contact a woman and sent inappropriate photos to her last year.

Defense attorney Duke George sought dismissal of the charges, contending that prosecutors hadn't provided enough substantiating information.

Diebold was sentenced earlier to nine to 23 months in jail after pleading guilty to trying to meet with someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl. He has been jailed since early December, when a Westmoreland County judge detained him on allegations that he violated the terms of his parole.