2016/2017 child abuse arrests
In 2016 and 2017, eight people were arrested in Pennsylvnia and Virginia, USA, during an investigation which started in relation to the alleged sexual abuse of an underage boy. Most, if not all, of the arrestees were members of the furry fandom.
Arrestees and charges
The eight suspects, and the charges under which they were arrested, were:
- Anna Lynn Durbin (Mikasha or Mika; born April 6, 1992) of Coles County, Illinois.
- Statutory sexual assault, corrupting a minor and indecently assaulting a person under 16.
- Kenneth C. Fenske (LupineFox; born January 25, 1960) of Milford Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
- Rape of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, unlawful contact with a minor.
- Found not guilty of all criminal charges by a jury in January 2018.
- Jeffrey Alan Harvey of West Wyoming, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.
- Unlawful contact with a minor, criminal use of communication facility, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a person under 16, statutory sexual assault.
- Craig Michael Knox (Diego_900) of Henrico, Virginia.
- Rape of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, sexual exploitation of children, two counts of unlawful contact with a minor.
- David R. Parker (RebelWolf; born October 8, 1978) of Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania.
- Initially charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography, criminal use of a communication facility.
- Plead guilty to sex trafficking of a child in August 2017.
- Phillip Matthew Stallsworth (Icepaws) of Milford, Pennsylvania.
- Sexual intercourse with an animal, tampering with evidence.
- Paige Wren Tasker (LunaWildWolf; born July 13, 1989) of Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County.
- Statutory sexual assault, corruption of minors, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault.
- Stephen Matthew Taylor of Henrico, Virginia.
- Bestiality, animal abuse.
The victim was born in this year. Newspaper reports would describe one of the offenders as "a relative of the boy, who had been living with a grandmother", and described a tiger costume he wore to furry events, leading to members of the furry community identifying him as Skarr, the son of David Parker/RebelWolf.
Parker would later tell authorities that he tried to perform sexual acts on Skarr when he was 2 or 3 years old, and engaged in sexual acts with males in front of him.
Beginning in 2009, Parker would transport Skarr to a house, where, as the victim described, men donned full-body animal costumes. One of the men was Kenneth Fenske, whose fox costume consisted of "full long sleeves and pants, a zipper in the back, paw gloves, and a fox head with pointy ears". Skarr, in the meanwhile, was made to dress in a Tony the Tiger outfit.
According to the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office, Fenske would abuse Skarr at these furry parties. It is alleged that Fenske took the boy upstairs from the party, undressed him, and forced him to have sex. This occurred on possibly three or four occasions.
Investigators allege that in this year, Parker and Skarr went to a house on Butler Street, Pittston, Pennsylvania, to visit the home’s resident, Craig Knox. According to Knox's later testimony, he met Parker in 2009 or 2010, and the men discussed their mutual attraction to young boys and dogs. Knox also stated that Parker offered to let him have sexual relations with Skarr, and both men engaged in sex acts with the boy that day.
It is further alleged that, during the visit, she slept in Skarr's bed and assaulted him. Authorities allege Tasker on more than one occasion performed a sex act on the teen victim. She is accused of having sex with him three times and performing oral sex on him while the pair shared a bed in Parker's trailer.
|any boys wanna play — m4m.|
Special Agent Daniel Block, of the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General, responded to Harvey (then only known as a string of numbers attached to a Craigslist address), saying that he was 13, and asked if that was too young. Harvey responded, "I’d love to meet but not at the risk of jail," but continued the conversation, which gradually became more graphically sexual.
On June 6, Harvey wrote: "If we meet we can never unmeet". By the next day, he replied to a message using a personal Yahoo email address. Special Agent Block sent Yahoo Inc. a subpoena for more information about the address, and had Harvey’s phone number and name by June 13.
On June 14, Harvey messaged: "Still wish u wud let me come and knock on yur door n u answer in ur briefs".
Harvey and the fictitious boy made plans to meet at 1 p.m. on Tuesday June 28, on the 500 block of Moosic Street. Harvey arrived five minutes late and was arrested, charged with unlawful contact with a minor, criminal use of communication facility, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a person less than 16 years old and statutory sexual assault.
Harvey was confined to the Lackawanna County Prison after failing to post $100,000 bail.
During an interview with agents, Harvey stated he had met a number of individuals, through online advertisements, who were interested in sexual contact with minors, and the investigation showed that Parker was in contact with Harvey trying to procure a child for both men to sexually assault.
The information Harvey provided led agents with the Office of Attorney General’s Child Predator Section to execute a search warrant at the home of Parker. The warrant was executed in the early morning hours of Wednesday June 29.
A preliminary review of Parker’s cellular telephone by the Office of Attorney General’s Computer Forensics Unit revealed numerous images of "apparent child pornography". He was placed under arrest and charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility. After failing to post $50,000 bail, Parker was confined to the Monroe County Prison.
On Tuesday November 1, Knox was located at his residence in Virginia. He had moved from his home in Pittston (where he had lived from approximately 2005 to 2012) "to get away from all that negativity that surrounded me out there."
Knox’s roommate in Virginia, Stephen M. Taylor, was also arrested during the raid. Debra Kendall, one of Knox’s neighbors, described the raid: "I came to the door and I saw a mass of police and other vehicles with blue lights ... I heard them break the door in and I heard the young man [Stephen Taylor] yell at his roommate, ‘What have you done?’ That was Craig."
Knox was taken into custody and agreed to be interviewed.
Taylor was charged with bestiality and animal abuse. A warrant for his arrest indicated that he had sexual contact with a dog; according to assistant commonwealth's attorney Nael A. Abouzaki, Taylor owned eight Rottweilers and admitted to police that he performed oral sex on one of the dogs. Abouzaki additionally said a hard drive found at Taylor’s home contained 171 images of bestiality, including 10 images of Taylor performing oral sex on a Rottweiler.
The eight dogs at Taylor's home were seized, and two of the dogs had to be euthanized.
On Friday January 27, 2017, Fenske was arrested and charged with child rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and unlawful contact with a minor. He was arraigned and was held on $750,000 bail.
|I have been accused of something horrible but my lawyer says I can't talk about it. You will hear about it. At this point I can only say that I did not do what I am accused of and will defend myself to the best of my abilities. If you are wondering if you believe me and you know me then you should have your answer.|
Shortly thereafter, Fenske disabled access to his Fur Affinity account and deleted his Twitter account. Around February 5, the Fur Affinity account was reopened with the administrators reminding people of the principle of "innocent until proven guilty", and warning people not to post malicious shouts on the page. By February 9, the page was again disabled.
In late January, 2017, investigators in the case searched the house of Phillip Stallsworth, and found photos on a digital storage device that showed he had engaged in sexual acts with several dogs. Upon noticing police cars parked outside his home, Stallworth performed a "factory reset" on his phone, wiping its memory. Stallsworth said the device contained about 20 videos and images depicting him having sexual contact with dogs, and admitted during a January 27 interview that he had sex with four dogs, doing so most recently with a dog in Doylestown some three months before his arrest in February.
Although arrested as part of the wider child-abuse investigation, defense attorney John Fioravanti, representing Stallsworth, said his client has no involvement with those events. Stallsworth was not charged in connection with that case, and was instead charged with sexual intercourse with an animal and tampering with evidence. He was freed on $25,000 unsecured bail and prohibited from contact with animals as the case proceeds.
On Sunday May 14, the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office announced charges against Paige Tasker. She was arraigned on $250,000 cash bail and ordered to Monroe County Prison, on charges of statutory sexual assault, corruption of minors, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and indecent assault. A preliminary hearing was tentatively scheduled for May 22.
After being identified by David R. Parker, Anna Lynn Durbin, 25, is charged with statutory sexual assault, corrupting a minor and indecently assaulting a person under age 16. Durbin was placed in Monroe County Correctional Facility in lieu of $250,000 bail and, as of mid-July, 2017, is awaiting a district court hearing.
On August 8, Stephen Matthew Taylor entered an Alford plea to a felony charge of inflicting pain and causing death of an animal, and a guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty. After his court appearance, Taylor said he entered his pleas because he did not feel that he could get a fair trial in Henrico.
Taylor was to be sentenced on November 14, and was ordered to undergo a psychosexual evaluation.
On November 15, Stephen Matthew Taylor was sentenced to 20 months in prison. Henrico Circuit Judge James Stephen Yoffy said he would make Taylor eligible to serve his sentence under a work-release arrangement, in which the defendant can get out of prison during work hours to go to his place of employment. Yoffy prohibited Taylor from owning any animals.
On January 12, Kenneth Fenske was found not guilty of all criminal charges by a jury after two hours of deliberations. During the four-day trial, his attorney compared the prosecution witnesses' testimony to "a train wreck", arguing that the goal was a payout in civil court, and that Fenske could not have taken off a fox fursuit that its maker testified as being made in 2015, six years after the alleged rape. David R. Parker had testified for the prosecution, claiming that his own guilt had prevented him from going to the police.
- Anna Lynn Durbin's details on mugshots.com. Retrieved July 15, 2017.
- LupineFox's profile on LiveJournal. Retrieved February 2, 2017.
- RebelWolf's profile on LiveJournal. Retrieved February 2, 2017.
- LunaWildWolf's profile on Fur Affinity. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
- "Quakertown man charged as part of child sex ring in which he wore furry fox costume" - article in The Morning Call. Dated January 30, 2017. Retrieved February 2, 2017.
- "Prosecutors: Boy sexually abused at ‘furry parties’ by ‘network’ of men" - article in the Washington Post. Dated January 31, 2017. Retrieved February 2, 2017.
- Thread on Lulz.net. Started January 29, 2017. Retrieved February 3, 2017.
- "Monroe County man charged with raping juvenile" - article on The Citizen's Voice. Dated November 4, 2016. Retrieved February 2, 2017.
- "Woman, 27, who 'likes cats' becomes the SIXTH person arrested for sexually abusing boy, 14, who was 'raped by animal fetish gang of pedophiles who dressed up in furry costumes'" - article in the Daily Mail. Dated May 15, 2017. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
- "Pa. woman is 6th accused in bizarre 'furry party' sex ring" - article on Lehigh Valley Live. Dated May 14, 2017. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
- "West Wyoming man charged for allegedly soliciting sex from minor" - article on The Citizen's Voice. Dated June 30, 2016. Retrieved February 2, 2017.
- "Two charged in child sexual exploitation investigation" - article on PAhomepage. Dated July 1, 2016. Retrieved February 2, 2017.
- "Monroe man delivered boy to adult for rape, AG charges" - article on Lehigh Valley Live. Dated November 16, 2016 (updated January 30, 2017). Retrieved February 2, 2017.
- "Henrico man accused of sex acts with Rottweilers found guilty of animal cruelty" - article in the Richmond Times Dispatch]. Dated August 8, 2017. Retrieved August 12, 2017.
- "Men Dressed Up as Animals Sexually Abused Boy During 'Furry Parties' in Bucks County: Officials" - article on NBC Philadelphia. Dated January 29, 2017. Retrieved February 3, 2017.
- screencap of LupineFox's Fur Affinity page on lulz.net. Retrieved February 3, 2017.
- "Police: Milford man charged with having sex with dogs" - article on The Intelligencer. Dated April 12, 2017. Retrieved March 13, 2017.
- "Man Accused of Raping Boy While Dressed as Animal During 'Furry Parties' to Stand Trial" - article on NBC Philadelphia. Dated May 8, 2017. Retrieved May 9, 2017.
- "Quakertown area man held on charges he dressed as a red fox as he raped a boy at 'furry parties'" - article on The Morning Call. Dated May 9, 2017. Retrieved May 9, 2017.
- "Woman Arrested as Part of Child Sex Abuse Investigation" - article on wnep.com. Dated May 14, 2017. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
- "Woman charged with sex with minor" - article in the Pocono Record. Dated July 10, 2017. Retrieved July 15, 2017.
- "Furry admits child sex trafficking boy at animal costume parties where the boy was forced for years to dress as Tony the Tiger before being sexually assaulted" - article on the Daily Mail. Dated August 11, 2017. Retrieved August 12, 2017.
- Monroe County man pleads guilty to federal sex trafficking charge in 'furry parties' case - Peter Hall, The Morning Call (August 10, 2017)
- "Henrico man sentenced to 20 months in prison for sex acts with Rottweilers" - article in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Dated November 15, 2017. Retrieved December 5, 2017.
- Milford “furry” child rape suspect found not guilty - James O’Malley, Bucks County Courier Times (January 12, 2018)
- Quakertown Man Found ‘Not Guilty’ In Bucks County Rape Case - Jim Melwert, CBS Philly (January 12, 2018)