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Nottingham Rep. Tasker free on bail, to resign from House after arrest on drug, sex charges

Union Leader Correspondent

March 08. 2016 10:34AM

NOTTINGHAM - State Rep. Kyle Tasker is free on bail and will resign his House seat following last week's arrest on felony charges of drug possession and attempting to lure a teenage girl for sex.

The 30-year-old Nottingham Republican was released from the Rockingham County jail Monday after his bail was reduced from $250,000 to $50,000 cash.

A House spokesperson said Tasker sent his letter of resignation to the House, which will be read and accepted at the beginning of Wednesday's session.

Bail was lowered at a hearing Monday after the prosecution and defense agreed that the source of the funds he planned to use to get out of jail were acceptable.

Tasker is accused of using online messages to arrange a meeting with a 14-year-old girl for a sexual encounter in Notingham.

He also faces three felony drug charges accusing him of possessing marijuana, hallucinogenic mushrooms, and the drug Soboxone with the intent to sell.

Tasker was arrested March 1 in an undercover operation by local law enforcement and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Police began their investigation in January when the mother a 14-year-old girl told police that Tasker had friended her daughter on the social media site Facebook and had sent her several "inappropriate" private messages in recent months.

Police later took control of the girl's online profile. An officer began posing as the teen and allegedly continued communications with Tasker until their meeting was arranged last week at a location in Nottingham.

Tasker allegedly showed up to meet with the girl but was met by law enforcement personnel instead.

Police said a loaded firearm was found in Tasker's vehicle. Several other firearms were seized from his house along with illegal drugs, police said.

At Tasker's arraignment last week, Candia Circuit Court Judge David LeFrancois had agreed to reduce bail to $50,000 cash if he was admitted into a county pretrial bail supervision program.

Conditions of bail prohibit Tasker from contacting the alleged female victim in the case, her immediate family, or anyone else under the age of 18. He also is not allowed to use any devices capable to accessing the Internet, including smartphones and computers.

Tasker, who must reside at his home at 87 Smoke St. while out on bail, is not allowed to possess firearms and ammunition and must refrain from the use of alcohol and drugs.

He is due back in the Candia Circuit Court for a probable cause hearing on March 21 at 10 a.m.

State House Reporter Garry Rayno contributed to this report.

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