Harrisburg man charged with raping boy, admits he’s HIV positive

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Ira Task

NORTH MIDDLETON TWP, Pa. — A Harrisburg man is charged with a host of crimes related to the sexual assault of a 6 year-old boy. Police say Ira Task, 61, made arrangements with another man, William Byers-Augusta, 19, of North Middleton Township, to bring the 6 year-old victim to his residence at 1519 North 2nd Street in Harrisburg for sex . Police had previously arrested Byers-Augusta for child pornography found at his residence in July. At that time, Byers-Augusta’s iPhone was confiscated and images and video of two men sexually assaulting a boy were discovered on the phone. The boy was administered amyl nitrite prior to being assaulted.

Updated: ‘Calculated, depraved, evil,’ HIV positive Harrisburg man charged with rape of 6-year-old

William C. Byers Augusta

William C. Byers Augusta

One of the men was William Byers-Augusta. The other was a white male whose face was concealed in the video.

Police traced text and phone records to Task, who has been manager of catering events for Hershey Entertainment and Resorts since 2006. They identified  Task by moles on his body and jewelry he wore in the videos. They were able to identify 1519 North 2nd St as the location where the video was shot. Task admitted to police he was the person in the videos and that he arranged with Byers-Augusta to have the boy brought to his house for sex. He further admitted that he is HIV positive and has been since 1994.


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