ALBION – The Rev. Roy D. Harriger, 71, was ordered by Orleans County Judge James P. Punch on Monday to spend up to the next 15 years in state prison on his conviction for molesting one of his male and one of his female grandchildren over a decade ago.
Harriger, who had been recently preaching at the Community Fellowship Church in Middleport has been jailed since a jury found him guilty in late January of two counts of sexual conduct for the incidents that took place in 2000 and 2002 while he was pastor of the Wesleyan Church in Lyndonville.
Before the jury trial began , Punch dismissed a third case against Harriger involving allegations of the molestation of a six-year-old boy. An appeal of the conviction is expected to be filed by attorneys for Harriger, through none was available to comment Monday evening. The judge Monday imposed a 7 1/2-year prison term for the molestations of each grandchild and ruled the sentences are to run consecutively.