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Former City of Buffalo employee sentenced on sex abuse charge

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Posted at 12:32 PM, Sep 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-30 12:33:01-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A former City of Buffalo employee has been sentenced on a sexual abuse charge, the Erie County District Attorney's Office announced.

51-year-old Antwan Diggs was sentenced to two years in prison and 10 years of post-release supervision, he will also be required to register as a sex offender upon his release.

Diggs pleaded guilty in February 2020 to one count of sexual abuse in the first degree.

In October, Diggs was listed on the City of Buffalo website as the city's Community Crime Prevention Initiative Coordinator within the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency (BURA). His biography also noted that he was Pastor of the Hananiah Lutheran Church in Buffalo, and supervised a youth program at Saint Columba Brigid Teen Center "so that [youth] have a safe place on Friday and Saturday nights."

Diggs was terminated by BURA.

The Buffalo Diocese released this statement in February on behalf of his work at Saint Columba Brigid Teen Center:

"Antwan Diggs used space at SS Columba Brigid Teen Center to run the Mayor’s Summer Youth Program. Mr. Diggs was the Community Crime Prevention Initiative Coordinator and an employee of the City of Buffalo. No SS Columba Brigid Parish youth were involved in the program and no parishioners were affected."