Pastor Convicted of Raping Grandchildren Awarded $2M After Prison Beating
It’s awful that a child rapist was awarded two million (granted), but the first half of this headline is something one never wants to see: “Pastor convicted of raping grandchildren.” Good lord.
I’m glad he received a prison beating. I hope his beating was from inmates who beat him for being a rapist.
Also let this go to show that the “be equally yoked rule,” as applied to marriage, is a bunch of crap.
by: George Richert
BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) An Orleans County pastor, who was convicted of molesting his grandchildren, will receive monetary damages for injuries sustained in Attica Correctional Facility. A trial will be scheduled for later this year to determine exactly how much he receives.
In April 2015, when Reverend Roy Harriger was sentenced to 15 years in prison for molesting his grandchildren, his own son George, a victim himself, was relieved. “I never thought he’d get caught, never.”
Now Roy Harriger has won a court judgment that NY State must pay him damages for something that happened in his first weeks as an inmate at Attica Correctional Facility. “What went down is Corrections Officers orchestrated a brutal unprovoked attack on Mr. Harriger, and they orchestrated a cover up,” said Edward Sivin, Roy Harriger’s attorney.
‘Disturbed and depraved’: Harriger’s serving prison time for assaulting grandchildren
… Harriger, who a judge called “disturbed and depraved,” served most of his life as a pastor at churches in Michigan, Pennsylvania and at Ashwood Wesleyan Church in Yates, Orleans County.
In 2017, Harriger was sentenced to two-to-five years for molesting a child while serving as pastor of a church in Mercer County from 1991 to 1997.
By Leonardo Blair, Senior Features Reporter July 7, 2022
Roy Harriger, a 79-year-old New York pastor convicted of raping two of his grandchildren and allegedly sexually abusing his oldest son and his sister, can now collect $2 million from the state for beatings he received at Attica Correctional Facility.
Harriger was convicted of two out of three counts of course of sexual conduct against his grandchildren and sentenced in 2015 to 15 years in state prison.
…Harriger was sent to Attica and was there briefly when the assaults occured, Livingston County News reported.
The disgraced pastor, who reportedly carried out the acts of abuse on his grandchildren in 2000 and 2001 when he led Ashwood Wesleyan Church in Lyndonville, sued the State of New York and won in 2019.
On Nov. 24, 2020, he was awarded $1.75 million for past pain and suffering and $250,000 for future pain and suffering in court.
…In April 2015, the Orleans Hub reported that Orleans County Court Judge James Punch called Harriger “a wolf in shepherd’s clothing.”
During his trial in January of that year, three of Harriger’s grandchildren testified that he sexually abused them. The then 71-year-old pastor denied the allegations.
…Harriger allegedly used his position as pastor and leader in his family to silence his victims.
“The bullying, the use of charisma, the power of your personality were all brought forward to victimize these children and keep them quiet,” Punch said. “One could say you were a wolf in sheep’s clothing, but you are a wolf in shepherd’s clothing and that’s much worse.”
After the sentencing, Harriger’s oldest son, George, and his sister, Nona Blackchief, told reporters that they, too, had been abused by the pastor.