Niagara County Pastor Charged with Sex Abuse

November 27, 2013 Updated Nov 28, 2013 at 12:26 AM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

November 27, 2013 Updated Nov 28, 2013 at 12:26 AM EDT


New York State Police announced the arrest of 70 year old Roy Harriger Senior of Middleport, NY Wednesday, November 27, 2013.

Harriger is charged with two counts of course sexual conduct, two counts of incest, and four counts of sodomy, all felony offenses. These charges are connected to a case involving the abuse of a boy and a girl between the ages of 7 and 9 years old between September 2000 to September 2001 when Harriger was the pastor of the Wesleyan Church in Lyndonville, NY.

Harriger's alleged sex abuse however spans a period of 40 years with close to one dozen victims coming forward.

The married father of five was arrested Wednesday morning at his home in the Town of Hartland where he is currently the pastor of the Community Fellowship Church.

The pastor would have been charged with even more abuse but the statute of limitations expired on several prior cases.

Harriger is in the Orleans County jail on $250,000 bail and will be back in court on December 3, 2013.