Church Stands Behind Pastor Accused of Child Sex Abuse

December 1, 2013 Updated Dec 2, 2013 at 7:03 AM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

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December 1, 2013 Updated Dec 2, 2013 at 7:03 AM EDT

(WKBW)
Town of Hartland, NY

The parking lot of the Community Fellowship Church in the Town of Hartland was packed Sunday.

One the worshipers attending service was the reverend of the church, 70 year old Roy Harriger Sr. That may not seem unusual except that Harriger is accused of sexually assaulting two children and is fresh out of the Orleans County Jail after being bailed out by members of the community Thursday.

The news spread fast in the small town and angered one resident who didn't want to be identified.

"I think that it is just absolutely outrageous that people around here who have children with children could possibly support this kind of monster," the man said.

Harriger was arrested Wednesday on felony sexual conduct, incest and sodomy charges stemming from incidents in 2000 and 2001.

His victims were reportedly his son and daughter who were between 7 and 9 years old. Harriger's legal troubles don't end here, at least 10 other victims have come forward in Michigan and Pennsylvania with abuse claims dating back to 1974.

Despite this news, members of the church heading in to service Sunday told us they support their pastor 100 percent.

Harriger will be back in front of a judge on Tuesday, December 3, 2013.

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