Niagara Gazette


February 10, 2014

Middleport pastor pleads not guilty to sex charges

Niagara Gazette —

ALBION — Roy Harriger pleaded not guilty to six accusations of sexual misconduct Monday in Orleans County Court.

Harriger, a Middleport resident, was indicted last week 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 the pastor of a Lyndonville church.

Harriger remains free on $250,000 bail, which was posted for him after he was originally charged by the State Police this past fall. However, on Monday, Orleans County Judge James Punch put a condition on Harriger's release, instructing Harriger to stay away from anyone younger than age 18.

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," the judge said. The order includes any and all communication with any child under the age of 18. 

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

Harriger is due to return to court Feb. 24.

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