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Former youth pastor faces child porn charges

A former youth pastor faces child pornography charges in the Town of Tonawanda.

Town of Tonawanda police announced Monday they charged Scott D. Stockton, 44, after a year-long investigation.

Stockton was arrested and charged Friday with two counts of promoting a sexual performance of a child younger than 17 years old and one count of possession of a sexual performance of a child.

Stockton, who is free on bond, is scheduled for a felony hearing in Tonawanda Town Court at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Department of Homeland Security investigators participated in the investigation, police said.

Stockton is known in the area for pastoral work and youth mentoring through local schools and churches, according to police.

He has a business called “You. Only Better,” police said. The website for the company says “We use the art and science of identity intelligence to help adults and young adults live their richest possible life.”

The site says the company has provided services to more than 150 institutions.