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Leechburg's Mike Diebold will have to register with state police when released from jail

Chuck Biedka
| Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, 2:57 p.m.
Leechburg police Chief Mike Diebold’S mugshot following his arrest on Jan 5, 2018.
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Leechburg police Chief Mike Diebold’S mugshot following his arrest on Jan 5, 2018.

When Mike Diebold is released from the county prison and placed on probation, he must report to state police.

The “clock” crediting time toward the required registration term starts when the offender is released from confinement.

“After initial registration, registrants are required to appear at an approved registration site for periodic, scheduled updates,” state police spokesman Ryan Tarkowski said. “The individuals are also required to notify (state police) of any changes to their registration information that occurs between scheduled appearances.”

He said the state’s Megan’s Law doesn’t address where or with whom an offender may live, “but a judge may impose restrictions as a condition of release on a case-by-case basis.”

As a Tier II registrant, Diebold will be required to report to state police twice a year. Any change in address must be reported to the state police within three business days.

Registration includes photos of the person in probationer and a description and photos of any tattoos or identifying marks. It also includes place of employment, residence and type and photos of that the probationer drives. The photos and information is then placed on the state police-maintained online Megan’s list.

State police and a number of others, such as municipal and county police and county probation officers, make unannounced compliance checks to see if the probationer is obeying the terms of their release.

If a Megan’s List offender doesn’t comply with report, authorities, perhaps including the U.S. Marshal’s Service will try to track them down.

Chuck Biedka is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chuck at 724-226-4711, cbiedka@tribweb.com or via Twitter @ChuckBiedka.

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