Youth pastor faces severe child porn charge

BUFFALO — A youth pastor serving five years probation for secretly videotaping a girl while at Kingdom Bound at Darien Lake now faces federal child pornography charges.

Nathan L. Rogers, 37, of East Aurora was arrested Friday and charged with production of child pornography.

The charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years and a maximum of 30 years in federal prison.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Bonanno said the investigation began with a case that arose with Genesee County Sheriff’s Department in July 2019.

A mother called the sheriff’s office and said her 12-year-old daughter had found two iPhones hidden in a camper where she was changing.

The girl had been attending the Christian music festival and was at the water park when her church’s pastor, Rogers, told her to going into his camper to change.

She found a 13-minute video of her and deleted it and then found a second phone hidden in the sheets of the bed.

Rogers was sentenced to six months in jail and five years probation after pleading guilty to unlawful surveillance in Genesee County Court in December.

FBI agents, however, reviewed his cellphones and recovered 24,017 picture files and 2,389 video files, many containing child pornography.

Rogers was a youth pastor for Life Church Buffalo in West Seneca and was fired after his arrest.

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