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Orleans County pastor found guilty of sexually abusing children

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A former Orleans County minister was convicted Monday in Orleans County Court of sexually abusing two children over a decade ago while he was a minister of the Ashwood Wesleyan Church in Lyndonville.

Rev. Roy Harriger, 71, was found guilty on two counts of first-degree sexual conduct against a child, one a girl and the other a boy. The children were between the ages of 5 and 9 at the time of the abuse, which took place between 2000 and 2002.

Additional charges of endangering the welfare of a child and incest were dismissed by Orleans County Judge James Punch. A third charge of sexual abuse against a third child was also dismissed. Earlier charges of incest were also dismissed.

Sentencing will take place April 6. Harriger faces up to 25 years in prison on each count.

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