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Scheduling conflict causes delay in former Rep. Kyle Tasker’s bail hearing

  • Kyle Tasker, former state rep of Nottingham who is facing charges including online solicitation of a minor and possession with intent to distribute controlled drugs , was arrested Tuesday evening for driving under the influence.

Monitor staff
Published: 11/17/2016 4:43:41 PM

Kyle Tasker, a former Nottingham state representative facing numerous criminal charges, will remain free on bail at least two more weeks.

While out on bail on 13 felony charges accusing him of soliciting a minor for sex and selling drugs, Tasker was supposed to refrain from using alcohol or narcotics. On Nov. 1, he was arrested in Rochester and charged with driving while intoxicated.

Judge Andrew Schulman granted the motion seeking a continuance Thursday, writing that it was “with some reluctance because the picture painted in the state’s motion is of a defendant who is out of control in a manner that threatens public safety.”

The 31-year-old can thank a scheduling conflict at Rockingham County’s superior court for the delay in his bail revocation hearing Thursday.

Deputy County Attorney Patricia LaFrance, the prosecutor for most of Tasker’s charges, said she tried to have the hearing scheduled for next week, but instead it was booked for Thursday, when she was working on another case.

“They scheduled it at a time when I knew I would be at an attempted murder trial,” she said.

Both parties agreed to continue the hearing to another day, possibly as soon as early December.

Tasker, a Republican, was arrested in March and accused of soliciting sex from a 14-year-old girl in Northwood. Police also said they found “vast amounts” of drugs, including marijuana, hallucinogenic mushrooms and ecstasy, at his home. He pleaded not guilty and was released after posting $50,000 cash bail.

The state attorney general’s office later said in a report that Tasker smoked marijuana in the State House and sold the drug to at least three legislators.

While awaiting trial next spring on 13 felony charges, Tasker made another misstep on the evening of Nov. 1, police said.

Tasker caused a three-car crash in Rochester by rear-ending one vehicle and pushing it into a second vehicle when he didn’t stop at a traffic signal on Gonic Road, police said.

Rochester police Capt. Gary Boudreau said Tasker appeared intoxicated at the scene of the crash and failed a sobriety test, leading to his arrest on a driving while intoxicated charge.

Tasked submitted to toxicology test, Boudreau said, but the results may still be weeks away. Because Tasker complied with the blood test, his license would not be suspended unless it is returned showing that he was impaired.

Tasker was released on $1,000 cash bail in the Rochester case, which will proceed through the Strafford County court system.

Meanwhile, the day after the DWI arrest, LaFrance filed a motion at Rockingham County Superior Court seeking to revoke Tasker’s bail from the first set of charges.

LaFrance said the bail revocation hearing will be rescheduled soon, potentially for Dec. 2 at 1 p.m.

(Nick Reid can be reached at 369-3325, nreid@cmonitor.com or on Twitter at @NickBReid.)


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