When you leave your children with a relative, you often want to think that they are going to be safe. But the world is filled with strange people doing horrible things, sometimes doing those things to children. Even worse is when the relative that has access to your kids is an alleged man of God. But Satan’s temptations lie everywhere, and this might be one of those situations.
A jury has found 70-year-old Roy Harriger guity of two counts of coercive criminal sexual conduct with a child. Jurors announced their verdict, which was met with gasps and tears from a crowded courtroom in Orleans County, New York. The pastor is accused of molesting two of his own grandkids about 12 years ago while serving as pastor of the Wesleyan Church in Lyndonville.
After the pastor was arrested last year, another 15 people came forward saying that the pastor touched them as children. Many of these cases could not be prosecuted because the statute of limitations had passed.
One family member said, “I thought of him as my father. The only dad I knew. And for him to do this to my kids killed me because I couldn’t believe that a man who was supposed to be a man of God would do this, to anybody. So I just thank whoever is up there, putting him away for good, where he needs to go. I want my kids to enjoy the rest of their lives knowing that he’s in jail.”