Pastor jailed on $250,000 bail

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 27 November 2013 at 12:00 am


YATES – A church pastor who faces felony charges of sex abuse against children has been jailed on $250,000 bail. The state police is asking possible victims of the Roy Harriger Sr. to step forward and contact police.

Harriger, 70, of Middleport was processed at the State Police barracks in Albion today. He was arraigned in the Town of Yates before Judge Donald Grabowski, who set bail at $250,000. Harriger is scheduled to return to town court on Dec. 3.

Harriger is currently the pastor of the Community Fellowship Church in the town of Hartland in Niagara County. He was arrested for two counts of Course of Sexual Conduct (B Felony), two counts of Incest (E Felony), and four counts of Sodomy 1st (B Felony). These crimes occurred between September 2000 and September 2001 in the town of Yates, when Harriger was the pastor of the Ashwood Wesleyan Church in Lyndonville.

A state police investigation revealed the alleged crimes were perpetrated in New York, as well as the states of Michigan and Pennsylvania between 1974 and 2003.The alleged incidents in Michigan and Pennsylvania have been referred to their respective State Police agencies, the New York State Police said.

State Police request that anyone with any information, or if they believe they may have been the victim of sexual abuse in this case, to contact the State Police in Albion at (585) 589-4244.