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Former state Rep. Kyle Tasker indicted on 11 drug, sexual exploitation charges

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Monitor staff
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

A Rockingham County grand jury has indicted a former New Hampshire state representative on drug and sexual exploitation charges.

Kyle Tasker, 31, of Nottingham is facing 11 felonies in all. He is charged with four counts of certain uses of computer services prohibited after he allegedly used a Facebook account to lure a 14-year-old girl into a sexual encounter in Northwood, according to indictments. He also faces six counts of possession of drugs with intent to distribute and one count of possessing ecstasy.

Police said previously that a search of Tasker’s home uncovered “vast amounts” of controlled drugs, including marijuana, hallucinogenic mushrooms, ecstasy, hash oil and a narcotic called Buprenorphine.

The girl’s mother first contacted police in mid-January, accusing Tasker of sexual harassment, according to an affidavit.

The girl told investigators she met Tasker through a friend’s relatives and he began sending her suggestive messages on Facebook. She said Tasker had asked her how old she was, and that, when she told him, he replied, “This is how guys my age get into trouble.”

Further, she stated, Tasker offered to supply her and her friends with drugs and alcohol.

As part of the investigation, a detective took control of the girl’s online account and posed as the 14-year-old in messages with Tasker, police said.

During those exchanges, Tasker requested they switch to a German messaging application called Telegram, which uses encryption technology to increase privacy, according to the affidavit. Within a few days, he began suggesting they meet up for oral sex, police said.

That communication reached a new level Feb. 29 when Tasker proposed meeting the girl at a secluded beach area near Lucas Pond on the evening of March 1, police said.

When Tasker arrived, officers from Nottingham, Northwood and the state Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force swarmed in and took him into custody. Police said they retrieved a loaded semi-automatic handgun from inside his car, as well as marijuana, a glass smoking pipe and a bottle of alcohol.

Tasker previously served on the Children and Family Law Committee and before that was a member of the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee.