Pastor Pleads Not Guilty to Child Sex Abuse

December 5, 2013 Updated Dec 5, 2013 at 1:09 AM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

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December 5, 2013 Updated Dec 5, 2013 at 1:09 AM EDT

Town of Yates
(WKBW)

With his attorney, wife and other supporters by his side 70 year old Roy Harriger Sr. entered the Town of Yates courthouse Wednesday night leaving all the talking to his attorney who made an interesting comment.

"Eyewitness News reporter: Do you have any comments tonight before you go in?"

"Attorney Larry Koss: I hope Michigan State beats North Carolina."

Harriger pleaded not guilty to felony sexual conduct, sodomy and incest. These charges surround incidents between 2000 and 2001 involving Harriger's own grandchildren who now live in Pennsylvania.

"I would have never thought in my lifetime that he would've done this," said Teresa Harriger, mother of the two victims.

Teresa found out about the alleged abuse of her two children two months ago after she sat them down for a serious talk .

Despite the charges, the Community Fellowship Church where Harriger pastors in the Town of Hartland, welcomed him with open arms last Sunday and some members supported him in court Wednesday.

"I know in my heart that he did not do this. He is completely innocent until proven guilty in my eyes," said Donna Kidney a member of Harriger's church.

Harriger will be back in court January 15, 2013 at 6pm in the Town of Yates.