Retired agent Diane “Sticks” Harsha served in the FBI for 29 years.
In this episode, Diane Harsha reviews an Exploitation of Children case where a man posed as a potty training expert to take nude photos of a toddler for sexual gratification.
She also talks about working in a small resident agency (RA) satellite office and the importance of relying on local law enforcement partners.
She dedicates this case review to former colleagues from the Moniteau County Sheriff’s Office who were killed in the line of duty during a tragic domestic abuse call.
Prior to her time with the FBI, she served as a Police Officer in Huntsville, Alabama, where she received a degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Alabama. During her career, she was assigned to the Kansas City Field Office, the Jefferson City Resident Agency, the Detroit Field Office, LEGAT Rabat, the Memphis Division, and the Nashville Resident Agency. She also deployed on many lengthy overseas Temporary Duty (TDY) assignments, including Iraq and Guantanamo Bay. Diane’s work experience and areas of expertise included General Criminal, Counterterrorism, and Crisis Negotiations.
She is the author of her memoir, Sticks and Stones: How to Hike the Appalachian Trail in Thirteen Years.
Post-FBI career, Diane pursued her love of hiking and the outdoors and, in 2017, completed the twenty-two-hundred-mile Appalachian Trail which she had begun section-hiking in 2005.
Special Agent (Retired)
1/1985 – 2/2014
“They found, in a reputable magazine, an ad for potty training. They agreed to let him travel from Wisconsin to personally potty train their child.”—Retired Agent Diane Harsha
The following are links to documents and articles about the potty training investigation and other matters discussed during the episode:
Associated Press – 12/10/1991: 3 Police Officers, Sheriff’s Wife Killed in Missouri Rampage