274: Diane Harsha – Potty Training Child Exploitation Case

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)

Diane Harsha

1/1985 – 2/2014

Retired Agent Diane Harsha







“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:

6/15/1993 – STATE of Missouri, Respondent, v. Donald Raymond SALATA, Appellant


Associated Press – 12/10/1991:  3 Police Officers, Sheriff’s Wife Killed in Missouri Rampage

Click her for more FBI Retired Case File Review case reviews featuring crimes against children.

Stuffed toy bear potty training
The subject’s potty training fetish manifested a strong association between messy diapers/pants and masturbation, which become criminal with the exploitation of children as upheld in his appeal – State v. Salata.








Book cover for Sticks and Stones by Diane Harsha
Diane’s memoir about hiking the Appalachian Trail may be purchased here.













Jerri Williams

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Jerri Williams, a retired FBI agent, author and podcaster, jokes that she writes about the FBI to relive her glory days. After 26 years with the Bureau specializing in major economic fraud and corruption investigations, she calls on her professional encounters with scams and schemers to write police procedurals inspired by true crime FBI cases in her Philadelphia FBI Corruption Squad crime fiction series featuring flawed female FBI agent Kari Wheeler. Jerri’s FBI for Armchair Detectives nonfiction series enables readers to discover who the FBI is and what the FBI does by debunking misconceptions about the FBI in books, TV, and movies. Her books are available as ebooks, paperbacks, and audiobooks wherever books are sold. She’s also the host of FBI Retired Case File Review, a true crime podcast with more than 300 episodes available on all popular podcast apps and YouTube.

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