HIV-Positive Man Accused of Raping 6-Year-Old Boy, While Cops Say Another Man Videotaped It
A 61-year-old Pennsylvania man infected with HIV has been charged with raping a 6-year-old boy while an accomplice videotaped the attack, police said.
Ira Task, 61, was arraigned Wednesday on multiple sexual abuse charges and is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Cumberland County Prison, according to online jail records.
He did not enter a plea. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 2.
Prosecutor David Freed, at a televised news conference Wednesday, said the case was “so calculated and depraved and debilitating to the victim that it makes it plain there are those in our society who will callously inflict evil.”
The boy was allegedly brought to Task’s house by William C. Byers-Augusta, who videotaped the rape, Col. James Peterson of the North Middleton Township Police told INSIDE EDITION.
Task is seen on the video giving the boy a dose of amyl nitrate, a powerful stimulant, police said.
Byers-Augusta had been arrested in August, after the Department of Homeland Security contacted Peterson’s department about the rape of a child that was live-streamed on the Internet, Peterson said.
The footage had been seen by a sex crime investigator with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who notified U.S. officials, Peterson said.
Both attacks were committed against the same boy, the police colonel said. The child is now in the care of his grandmother and is being monitored by child welfare authorities.
Byers-Augusta, 19, is charged with creating child pornography and child rape. He is being held on $150,000 bail. He has pleaded not guilty. Additional charges were filed earlier this month based on evidence discovered by investigators who were combing the records of his electronic devices, Peterson said.
Investigators were led to Task by photographs and video recently found on those same items, Peterson said. The videotaped rape occurred in April, police said.
The charges against Task include rape of a child, deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault of a victim under the age of 13 and child pornography.
“There may be other suspects,” said Peterson. “They have more computer information to go through.”