Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online

February 12, 2014

Pastor pleads not guilty to sex charges

By HOWARD BALABAN
Union-Sun & Journal

ALBION —

Roy Harriger pleaded not guilty to six accusations of sexual misconduct this week in Orleans County Court.

Harriger, a Middleport resident, is a pastor at Community Fellowship Church in Hartland. Previously he was a pastor at a church in Lyndonville.

Last week, Harriger was indicted on three counts of first-degree course of sexual conduct against a child, one count of first-degree incest and two counts of incest. The charges stem from incidents that allegedly took place while Harriger was a pastor in Lyndonville. He is also being investigated for sex crimes in Michigan and Pennsylvania.

Harriger's bail was set at $250,000. The amount was set at his arraignment last fall in Yates and was left at that amount Monday. Orders of protection were issued for the victims in the case, and Orleans County Judge James Punch ordered Harriger to avoid any contact or communication with any child younger than 18 years old.

Harriger had his attorney request an exception be made so that he could continue to attend church in Johnson Creek. Punch denied the request.

"There are no exceptions to this order," Punch said.

In addition, Orleans County District Attorney Joe Cardone requested that Harriger surrender all of his guns to authorities.

Later Monday, State Police charged Harriger with criminal possession of a firearm. Harriger received a ticket to appear in Hartland Town Court.

Harriger, who at times in recent months has given the invocation at Orleans County Legislature meetings, remains free on bail. He is due to return to county court Feb. 24.