BRENTWOOD — County prosecutors are opposing an effort to grant work release to former Nottingham state Rep. Kyle Tasker, who is serving time in prison for drug possession and soliciting a 14-year-old girl for sex.
Tasker, 33, was sentenced to three to 10 years in prison after striking a plea deal and pleading guilty in May 2017 to five counts of possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute and four counts of prohibited use of a computer.
Jay Mackey, administrator of Inmate Classifications and Offender Records, informed the court that the ex-Republican legislator was being recommended for work release in a letter sent in January.
“The Prison Classification Board has considered this inmate’s background, institutional adjustment, and prognosis, and believes the likelihood of rehabilitation will be enhanced by participation in the work release program,” the letter said.
After learning about the recommendation, the state contacted the victim and was told that she objects to Tasker being placed on work release. Given her objection, the state now also opposes the request, according to court paperwork filed by Assistant County Attorney Stephanie Johnson.
“The parties agreed at the time of sentencing that six months of the defendant’s sentence could be suspended if he was disciplinary free and completed sexual offender treatment. Based on this agreement, six months of the defendant’s minimum sentence was suspended. The parties did not come to a similar agreement concerning work release. Thus, the state objects,” Johnson wrote.
A hearing was planned for Monday but was rescheduled for Thursday.
Tasker was arrested in March 2016 during an undercover police operation. He believed he was on his way to meet the teen for sex in the area of Lucas Pond Road in Nottingham, but he was met by law enforcement officers instead.