CASE UPDATE: Former Luzerne County Child Predator Sentenced to 13 to 26 Years in Prison for Child Sexual Offenses

February 5, 2019 | Topic: Criminal

Last defendant in Furry abuse ring to be sentenced

HARRISBURG — Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced that a man, formerly of Luzerne County, was sentenced to 13 to 26 years in prison for rape and sexual exploitation of a 9-year-old boy.

Craig Knox, 37, was arrested in November 2016 as part of a ring of child predators who abused the same boy.

Knox’s case is related to other arrests made in involving adults who dress up as animals and identify as a chosen animal. For some, though not all, being a “furry” is a sexual fetish.

Knox and four other defendants were arrested and charged with sex offenses in connection with the predator ring. David Parker was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison, Jeffrey Harvey was sentenced to two to five years in state prison, Paige Tasker was sentenced to one to 10 years in state prison, and Anna Durbin was sentenced to one to five years in state prison. Knox was the last defendant in the furry ring to be sentenced.

“Thanks to the courage of this brave survivor, we were able to hold this man accountable for his crimes,” Attorney General Josh Shapiro said. “We are pleased with the results from today’s sentencing, which will take a predator off the streets. My Office will investigate and prosecute anyone we uncover who sexually abuses children to the fullest extent of the law.”

Craig Knox was sentenced by Judge Joseph Sklarosky in the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas. This case was prosecuted by Chief Deputy Attorney General Michele Kelly Walsh of the Child Predator Section and investigated by Special Agent Daniel Block.

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