Prosecutors ask judge to impose suspended 6-month sentence for Kyle Tasker

  • FILE - This Nov. 2, 2016, file booking photo provided by the Rochester, N.H., police department shows former New Hampshire state Rep. Kyle Tasker, who pleaded guilty in 2017 to charges of drug possession and trying to lure a 14-year-old girl into a sexual encounter, and was sentenced to three to 10 years in jail. On Thursday, March 7, 2019, a Rockingham County Superior Court judge approved Tasker's work release. It had been recommended by the state prisons but opposed by prosecutors, who said the victim in the case was against it. (Rochester Police Department via AP, File)

Monitor staff
Published: 9/11/2019 4:45:43 PM
Modified: 9/11/2019 4:45:33 PM

The former state lawmaker who sent encrypted sexually explicit messages to a 14-year-old was back online after his release from prison trying to communicate with his victim’s close friend, prosecutors allege.

After serving approximately two years in state custody, Kyle Tasker was granted work release in March and quickly gained access to the internet in violation of the conditions of his sentence. He also asked his mother to manage his Facebook account and sent a friend request to a child of a New Hampshire Department of Corrections staff member who knew the victim.

For those reasons, prosecutors want Tasker, 34, of Nottingham back in prison. A recent motion filed in Rockingham County Superior Court in Brentwood asks a judge to impose a six-month suspended sentence.

Tasker, who completed a sex offender treatment program to shave off six months of his minimum three-year sentence, said he did nothing wrong and has asked a judge to schedule a hearing.

The ex-New Hampshire representative was sentenced to three to 10 years in state prison in 2017 for drug possession and attempting to solicit sex over the internet from a 14-year-old girl. He pleaded guilty and was convicted of five counts of possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute and four counts of prohibited use of a computer.

Tasker served roughly two years in prison for his crimes before moving to a halfway house. He was granted work release at the recommendation of the state prison, but at the objection of county prosecutors and the victim in the case. He became eligible for parole in late May.

As a condition of his sentence, Tasker was prohibited from having contact with the victim and her immediate family. He was also ordered to have no unsupervised contact with anyone under 16 by phone, computer or email.

But prosecutors say Tasker violated those terms and failed to be of good behavior when he accessed the internet and used Facebook.

Former Assistant County Attorney Stephanie Johnson, who now works for the state’s Department of Justice, said she was notified by the corrections department on July 3 that Tasker had violated prison rules while on work release by “conspiring to possess a cellphone, conspiring to violate any state and federal law or court order, conspiring to become unduly familiar with a staff member or a member of their family, and violating any written rule, posted notice, or order of a staff member.”

An investigation found that Tasker had access to an internet-accessible smartphone, a tablet and/or computer while on work release despite rules prohibiting such access, according to Johnson’s motion. Tasker had previously signed documents acknowledging that he was not allowed to use the internet.

Through defense attorney Alan Cronheim, Tasker said he did not possess a cellphone or go online. The superior court has not yet answered his request for a hearing.

Tasker was arrested in early 2016 stemming from a police search of his home that yielded “vast amounts” of drugs, including marijuana, hallucinogenic mushrooms and ecstasy.

In the wake of his arrest, Tasker resigned from the Legislature while he was serving his third term. He had previously served on the Children and Family Law Committee and before that was a member of the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee.

A Department of Justice report published in 2016 stated Tasker used marijuana at the State House and sold the drug to other state legislators as part of his drug distribution business.

However, the attorney general’s office found no evidence of “pervasive illicit drug transactions at the State House or among elected officials” and did not charge any other legislators with drug crimes.

(Alyssa Dandrea can be reached at 369-3319 or at adandrea@cmonitor.com)


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