Child sex traf­ficker gets 30 years in ‘furry party’ case

Say­lors­burg man ad­mit­ted tak­ing boy to be abused by other men.

The Morning Call - - LOCAL NEWS - By Pe­ter Hall pe­[email protected] Twit­ter @phall215 610-820-6581

A Say­lors­burg man who ad­mit­ted last year that he took a 9-year-old boy to “furry par­ties” where the boy was abused by other men was sen­tenced Fri­day to 30 years in fed­eral prison.

U.S. District Judge James M. Mun­ley in Scran­ton also or­dered David R. Parker, 39, to re­main un­der the su­per­vi­sion of a pro­ba­tion of­fi­cer for the rest of his life and com­ply with the Sex­ual Of­fender Reg­is­tra­tion and No­ti­fi­ca­tion act when he is re­leased from prison.

Parker pleaded guilty in Au­gust 2017 to a sin­gle count of child sex traf­fick­ing.

“We will never stray from the duty to pro­tect our most vul­ner­a­ble cit­i­zens,” said U.S. At­tor­ney David J. Freed. “Judge Mun­ley clearly rec­og­nized that a lengthy prison term is the only ap­pro­pri­ate re­sponse to such con­duct.”

Parker's charges in fed­eral court came af­ter state au­thor­i­ties charged him last year as part of a ring of child preda­tors, some of whom dressed as an­i­mals at "furry par­ties," ac­cord­ing to the Penn­syl­va­nia at­tor­ney gen­eral's of­fice.

“This is a hor­ren­dous case. Thanks to the courage of this brave sur­vivor, we were able to hold this man ac­count­able for his crimes,” At­tor­ney Gen­eral Josh Shapiro said.

The U.S. At­tor­ney's Of­fice in Scran­ton said that when Parker pleaded guilty in Au­gust 2017, he ad­mit­ted he trans­ported the boy to an­other man know­ing that the boy would be forced to en­gage in a com­mer­cial sex act with the other man.

“Parker ad­mit­ted that his own sex­ual grat­i­fi­ca­tion was but one ben­e­fit he re­ceived in ex­change for traf­fick­ing the mi­nor,” fed­eral prose­cu­tors said in a news re­lease.

In a sen­tenc­ing mem­o­ran­dum, Parker's at­tor­ney said Parker suf­fers from a range of men­tal health prob­lems stem­ming from his own abuse as a child.

Parker set up sex­ual en­coun­ters with peo­ple he met through a group called “Pa. Fur­rys” with the hope of gain­ing their trust and con­fi­dence and en­gag­ing in ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ships. Parker later brought the boy with him for the men to abuse. He did this as re­cently as a week be­fore his ar­rest last year, the sen­tenc­ing memo says.

Ken­neth C. Fenske, 57, of Mil­ford Town­ship, was charged last year with child rape, in­vol­un­tary de­vi­ate sex­ual in­ter­course and un­law­ful con­tact with a mi­nor for al­legedly rap­ing the boy in 2009 at furry par­ties where he dressed as a red fox, the at­tor­ney gen­eral's of­fice said.

A Bucks County jury in Jan­uary found Fenske not guilty of all charges.

Charged with Fenske were Jeffrey Har­vey, 40, of West Wyoming, Luzerne County; and room­mates from Hen­rico, Va., Craig Knox, 35, and Stephen Tay­lor, 30.

Penn­syl­va­nia au­thor­i­ties sub­se­quently charged Parker and Paige Wren Tasker, 27, of Me­chan­ics­burg, Cum­ber­land County.

The at­tor­ney gen­eral's of­fice said Tasker had a brief re­la­tion­ship with Parker. In 2015, Tasker vis­ited Parker in Say­lors­burg. Dur­ing the visit, she al­legedly slept in the boy's bed and sex­u­ally as­saulted him, ac­cord­ing to the at­tor­ney gen­eral's of­fice.

In­for­ma­tion on the sta­tus of the other cases was not avail­able Fri­day night.

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