HIV-positive man headed to trial for child rape

Ira Task

CARLISLE, Pa. (WHTM) – An HIV-positive Harrisburg man is headed to trial for the rape of a 6-year-old boy.

Ira Task

Ira Task, 61, waived his preliminary hearing before a district judge Wednesday and was ordered to court on all 15 counts. A formal arraignment was scheduled Jan. 21.

Task, who answered no questions as he entered the district court, remains jailed on $1 million bail. He was arrested last month on charges including rape of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated assault of a child, recklessly endangering, child pornography, and corruption of minors.

According to charging documents filed by North Middleton Township police, Task and William Byers Augusta raped the boy at Task’s home and the assault was videotaped by Byers Augusta, a 19-year-old township man arrested in July after police said he live streamed a child rape incident on the Internet.

Task admitted to police that he raping the child with Byers Augusta, and he told authorities he has been HIV-positive since 1994. He also admitted to giving the boy an inhalant used to intensify a sexual experience.

William Byers Augusta (submitted)
William Byers Augusta (submitted)

“It hits close to home when it comes to the children,” North Middleton police Detective Matt Johnston said. “For a case like this, it just makes everybody feel good knowing that these heinous crimes can be taken care of the way they are and the bad guys are locked up for it.”

The boy has been tested for HIV, but the results are not back. He is with family and under the supervision of Children and Youth Services.

Investigators said there could be other victims and perpetrators, but at this point they can’t say for sure.

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