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Former City of Buffalo worker pleads guilty to sex abuse

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Posted at 10:25 AM, Feb 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-20 17:26:11-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A former City of Buffalo employee, accused of forcibly sexually touching someone, has pleaded guilty to felony sex abuse.

50-year-old Antwan Diggs, of Buffalo, pleaded guilty in State Supreme Court in Erie County, Thursday morning.

The charge he pleaded guilty to is considered a violent felony.

"Doesn't matter what your status is in this community, if you commit a crime, you will be prosecuted," Erie County DA John Flynn said.

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 is Pastor of the Hananiah Lutheran Church in Buffalo, and supervises a youth program At Saint Columba Brigid Teen Center "so that [youth] have a safe place on Friday and Saturday nights."

Diggs has been terminated by BURA.

Buffalo Diocese released this statement on behalf of 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."

Diggs is due to be sentenced on May 13 at 9:30 a.m. The judge issued an order of protection for the victim.