By Matt Barcaro
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania — Police in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, have charged a man with raping a child while another man took video of it.
Authorities have charged Ira Task with rape and other child sex abuse charges.
Task also admitted that he is HIV positive.
Does anyone else think this guy deserves the death penalty? At the very least he should never see the light of day again.
Police say Task arranged sexual encounters with another man, William Byers-Augusta.
Court records show that Task requested Byers-Augusta bring the child to his house in Harrisburg for sex. Police say Byers-Augusta shot video of Task raping the child, but was careful not to show Task's face.
North Middleton Township Police used moles on Task's body and jewelry he was wearing at the time to later identify him.
A detective told News 8 that more people may have been involved with abusing the same child and more children may have been abused.
Cache Valley Daily
Will Feelright (seriously!)
LOGAN — The trial for a 57-year-old Millville man, accused of sexually abusing several teenage girls, began Tuesday with jury selection and attorneys for both sides presenting their opening statements.
Court records show Dean A. Ferguson appeared in 1st District Court. He faces five charges of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, all first-degree felonies.
Ferguson was arrested May 19, 2014, after several teenage girls claimed he sexually abused them. Cache County Sheriff’s investigators interviewed the victims before charges were filed by the Cache County Attorney’s Office. He was later released from the Cache County Jail after posting a $25,000 bond.
The trial has been postponed several times as attorneys worked to line up expert witnesses.
Ferguson faces up to five-years-to-life in prison for each charge if found guilty. The trial is scheduled to run through Friday.
|Cache County, Utah|
By Geoff Liesik, Deseret News
|Seth L. Forster|
Seth L. Forster entered Alford pleas last week in 8th District Court to two counts of attempted aggravated sexual abuse of a child, according to court records. Under an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges there is sufficient evidence for a conviction if the case were to go to trial.
Courts treat an Alford plea the same as a guilty plea for purposes of sentencing.
Forster, 38, was initially charged in September 2014 with three counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, three counts of furnishing alcohol to a minor and two counts of lewdness involving a child.
Prosecutors filed two more cases against Forster in June 2015, charging him with aggravated sexual abuse of a child in one case, and rape of a child and aggravated sexual abuse of a child in the other.
Forster provided Dr Pepper mixed with whiskey to three girls under the age of 14 while they were in a hot tub at his house in 2014, according to charging documents. When one of the girls left, the two remaining girls said Forster got in the hot tub with them.
Detectives were told that Forster repeatedly touched one of the girls in an inappropriate manner. He also undressed in front of the girls, ran naked through the house and encouraged one of the girls to expose herself, the charges state.
Forster was arrested and interviewed. He acknowledged that he took of his clothes in front of girls while playing "Truth or Dare," and that he provided the girls with alcohol, detectives said.
In exchange for Forster's pleas to the attempted aggravated child sex abuse charges, prosecutors have asked the judge to dismiss all remaining charges in the three pending cases.
Forster agreed that he would not be eligible for probation when he is sentenced on Nov. 16. Instead, he will be sentenced to two concurrent terms of three years to life in prison.
Wow! That's quite a spread - 3 years to life! How does that work? Concurrent sentences should be illegal. Judges who use it should get two concurrent smacks upside the head.
|Uintah County, Utah|