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City of Buffalo employee charged with criminal sexual act

Antwan Diggs, 50, of Buffalo is charged with Criminal Sexual Act, Sexual Abuse and Forcible Touching.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — A City of Buffalo employee is facing several criminal sex charges.

Antwan Diggs, 50, has been the coordinator for the city's community crime prevention initiative for the last 18 years. 

According to his bio on the city's website, Diggs is also the pastor of Hananiah Lutheran Church on Genessee Street in Buffalo.

On Tuesday, Diggs was charged with Criminal Sexual Act, Sexual Abuse and Forcible Touching.

Investigators say Diggs allegedly engaged in sexual conduct on August 19 with another person by forcible compulsion. He is also accused of forcibly touching the victim.

During a news conference, District Attorney John Flynn would not give out any details about the victim or circumstances surrounding the charges but did say Diggs had two prior felony convictions.

Diggs was arraigned in court Tuesday and has been placed on administrative leave.

Mayor Byron Brown spoke with 2 On Your Side after Diggs was arrested.

"I am shocked, if you talk to many people that had worked with him in the community they would say he was hard-working and committed to the community," said Brown.

Diggs is scheduled to return to court on October 21 for a felony hearing. If he is convicted, he faces a maximum of 25 years in prison. 

Erie County District Attorney John Flynn and Buffalo Police Captain Jeff Rinaldo spoke with the press to discuss the charges. You can watch the full interview below:

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