Accused rapist worked child sex abuse prevention fundraiser

Courtesy of WHTM

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The man police said raped a 6-year-old boy while HIV positive is suspended from his job as catering manager at the Hershey Lodge. He oversaw events there, including one for the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape.

Courtesy of WHTM
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Delilah Rumburg, CEO of PCAR, has worked there for 20 years.

“This is one of the worst cases we’ve seen in a while,” Rumburg said.

Investigators said 61-year-old Ira Task admitted to raping a 6-year-old boy while HIV positive. Police said 19-year-old William Byers-Augusta also raped the little boy and videotaped it.

“How many more children will it take to change communities where we can protect our children and there won’t be any more abuse?” Rumburg said.

Rumburg revealed that Task helped organize and run PCAR’s annual Vision of Hope Gala.

“It was ironic that an event that raises funds for the prevention of child sexual abuse was actually working with someone who was committing crimes against children,” Rumburg said.

A Hershey Entertainment and Resorts spokeswoman issued a statement that said Task has been employed as a manager of catering events since July 14, 2008.

“In that capacity, Task was responsible for selling and executing group events. He had two separate criminal background checks since his employment – the most recent one occurring in July of this year. Both criminal checks for Mr. Task came back clear,” the spokeswoman said.

“The current policy is for all salaried Hershey Entertainment & Resorts employees to go through a criminal background check every three years. These background checks include criminal history scans at both the county and national levels. Annual performance appraisals gave no indication of any criminal or inappropriate behavior while on the Lodge property. Mr. Task has been suspended from his position at Hershey Lodge pending the outcome of the criminal investigation.”

Rumburg did not believe Task used his job to get close to children.

“No, I actually don’t think it was an opportunity,” Rumburg said. “He wouldn’t have access to children at our gala. I think he probably was uncomfortable with our message.”

Rumburg had a message of her own.

“Just like us knowing and working with this man, everybody knows someone that’s been impacted by sexual violence and it’s about time they get serious about preventing it,” she said.

Task could face additional charges, in part, because of his HIV-positive status.

Investigators are still looking for another suspect and possibly one more victim.

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