Police add weapons charge to pastor accused of sex crimes

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 13 February 2014 at 12:00 am


ALBION – A pastor accused of sex crimes against children in his family faces a new charge of criminal possession of a firearm.

The Rev. Roy Harriger, 70, faces the new charge because Harriger allegedly possessed an unregistered revolver at his residence on Nov. 27. State police reported Harriger did not have a valid permit for the revolver.

Harriger was issued an appearance ticket in Town of Hartland Court for 7:30 p.m. on March 10.

Harriger, pastor of the Community Fellowship Church in Middleport, was arraigned in the Orleans County Court on Monday before Judge James Punch. The arraignment was based on a six count indictment handed up by the Orleans County grand jury charging Harriger with three counts of course of sexual conduct against a child, two counts of incest and one count of incest in the first degree. All are felonies.

Judge Punch issued an order of protection barring Harriger from having any contact with the alleged victims. Judge Punch further ordered that Harriger is not to have any contact with any person under the age 18, without any exceptions, pending the outcome of the case.