A small town pastor is being anything but revered in Hartland, New York following his arrest on sex abuse charges.

The Reverend Roy Harriger, Senior, of Middleport is being held at the Orleans County Jail in lieu of bail on allegations that he engaged in illegal sexual conduct between September 2000 and September 2001 in the Orleans County town of Yates, New York.

The 70-year old Harriger, who presided over the Community Fellowship Church in Hartland, was reverend of the Wesleyan Church in Lyndonville, New York when the crimes were allegedly committed.  New York State Police say that their investigation "revealed that alleged crimes have been perpetrated in New York, as well as the states of Michigan and Pennsylvania between 1974 and 2003."  In a written release police say that those crimes have been referred to authorities in their respective states.

Harriger was arraigned before Judge Donald Grabowski and is being charged with the following:

  • Felony Course of Sexual Conduct (two counts)
  • Felony Incest (two counts)
  • Felony Sodomy (four counts)
He is scheduled to return to court on December 3, 2013.
The State Police are asking that anyone with information, or who may have been a victim in this case, contact them at: (585) 589.4244.