Niagara Gazette

Crime

November 27, 2013

Middleport reverend arrested for sex abuse

The Rev. Roy Harriger Sr., 70, of Middleport, was arrested on sexual abuse charges following an investigation by State Police investigators.

Harriger, currently the reverend of Community Fellowship Church in the Town of Hartland, was arrested for two counts of course of sexual conduct, two counts of incest and four counts of first-degree sodomy.

The crimes occurred between September 2000 and September 2001 in the Town of Yates, Orleans County, when he was the reverend of the Wesleyan Church in Lyndonville.

Investigation revealed that alleged crimes have been perpetrated in New York, as well as the states of Michigan and Pennsylvania between 1974 and 2003. The incidents that occurred in Michigan and Pennsylvania have been referred to their respective State Police agencies. 

Harriger was processed at Albion, and was arraigned in the Town of Yates before Judge Donald Grabowski. He was remanded to the Orleans County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bail, to return to Court on Dec. 3.

State Police request that anyone with any information, or if they believe they may have been the victim of sexual abuse in this case, to contact the State Police in Albion at (585) 589-4244.

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