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Former state Rep. Kyle Tasker strikes plea deal on sex, drug charges 

  • Former state Rep. Kyle Tasker sits in the passenger seat as he leaves District Court Wednesday April 20, 2016, in Candia, N.H. Tasker, accused of trying to lure a 14-year-old girl into a sexual encounter, waived his hearing to determine whether there's enough evidence against him to send the case to a grand jury for possible indictment. Tasker, a Republican from Nottingham, resigned in March. ( AP Photo/Jim Cole) Jim Cole

  • Kyle Tasker

Monitor staff
Published: 4/14/2017 5:29:14 PM

A former Nottingham state representative faces 10 years in prison after reaching a plea deal on drug and sex solicitation charges.

Kyle Tasker is expected to plead guilty on May 9 to felony charges of using a computer to lure a minor for sex and possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute. He faces a 3 to 10 year prison sentence.

Tasker’s trial was scheduled to start next month; he was facing over a dozen charges stemming from a March 2016 police search of his home that yielded “vast amounts” of drugs, including marijuana, hallucinogenic mushrooms and ecstasy.

Tasker was first arrested on a felony solicitation charge, alleging he tried to lure a 14-year-old girl into a sexual encounter in Northwood. Tasker was actually communicating with an undercover police officer, who had taken over the girl’s Facebook account.

By taking a plea deal, Tasker could be facing significantly less jail time than if he had gone to trial and been convicted. Each count he was facing carried a multi-year sentence.

“If you added them all up together, it would most likely be decades,” said Rockingham Deputy County Attorney Patricia LaFrance.

The terms of the plea agreement still have to be approved by a Rockingham County Superior Court judge. Tasker’s attorney, Allan Chronheim, could not be reached for comment.

LaFrance said Tasker can petition for 6 months off his sentence if he completes a sex offender program and other conditions. Tasker will have to register as a lifetime sex offender upon his release.

The former state representative has been serving a jail sentence since late last year, after his bail was revoked when he was arrested for driving under the influence in November.

An Attorney General’s report released last year 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.

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.

He resigned from the Legislature following his arrest.

(Ella Nilsen can be reached at 369-3322, enilsen@c monitor.com or on Twitter @ella_nilsen.)




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