A Kidder Township man faces charges in federal court that he enticed a minor to perform sexually explicit acts for the purposes of producing child pornography.

Todd Kowar, 46, of the Lake Harmony section of the Carbon County township, was indicted Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Scranton on one count of producing child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography. The indictment alleges he committed the crimes between 2008 and 2012.

The charges carry a mandatory sentence of 15 years and a maximum of 30 years in prison. They stem from an investigation by the FBI, state police and Kidder Township police.

Kowar was first arrested by township police in December 2012 on charges he coerced two girls under age 13 to undress, photographed them naked and exposed himself to them. Kowar has pleaded guilty in Carbon County Court to production of child pornography, possession of child pornography, corruption of minors and furnishing liquor to minors, according to court records.

He also pleaded guilty to making threats against a Carbon County district judge, court records say. He is awaiting sentencing on the state charges scheduled for September.

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