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Bail revoked for pastor convicted of child sex abuse

ALBION – The Rev. Roy D. Harriger Sr., 71, was taken into custody at the Orleans County Jail here Tuesday afternoon after his $250,000 pre-sentencing bail was revoked.

Harriger, who was convicted Monday by an Orleans County Court jury of two counts of first-degree course of sexual conduct (sodomy) for molesting a girl and a boy between 2000 and 2002 faces up to 50 years in jail when he is sentenced by Orleans County Judge James P. Punch April 6.

Harriger, currently pastor of Community Fellowship Church in Middleport, had been allowed to remain free by the judge Monday. Neither the judge nor Orleans County District Attorney Joseph V. Cardone would be reached to comment on the bail revocation Tuesday evening, but spokesmen at the county jail confirmed that Harriger arrived at the jail Tuesday afternoon and will remain jailed without bail pending sentencing. He was convicted of molesting the two children while he was pastor of the Ashwood Wesleyan Church in Lyndonville. He was indicted last year on three charges of sexual conduct against a child, three counts of incest and three misdemeanor charges of endangering the welfare of a child. The judge dismissed the endangerment counts on statute of limitation grounds and the incest charges because they duplicated the sexual conduct charges. The judge acquitted Harriger of the third sexual conduct charge linked to his alleged molestation of another young boy five of six years ago.