Work release for Kyle Tasker


BRENTWOOD — The Rockingham County Attorney’s office wants a judge to send former Nottingham state representative Kyle Tasker back to prison after alleging that he violated the terms of his sentence and prison rules while on work release.

County prosecutors have filed a motion asking a Rockingham County Superior Court judge to impose a six-month suspended sentence for the 34-year-old Tasker, who was paroled at the end of May after finishing the work release program.

The ex-Republican lawmaker served more than two years in prison for drug possession and trying to lure a 14-year-old girl for sex.

He was sentenced to 3-10 years in prison after 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.

Tasker was given 158 days of pre-trial confinement credit and got six months of his minimum sentence suspended after completing a sex offender treatment program.

As part of his sentence, he was ordered to have no contact with the female victim, her immediate family, and no unsupervised contact with anyone under 16 or anyone claiming to be 16, either in person, by phone, computer, or email.

In March, Judge Andrew Schulman granted work release for Tasker after the prison recommended him for the program. The victim and former Assistant County Attorney Stephanie Johnson had objected to work release, but Schulman argued that it was a better way for him to transition from prison to parole.

In a motion filed last month, Johnson, who has since taken a job at the state Attorney General’s office, wrote that Tasker has failed to be of good behavior and should return to prison.

According to her motion, prosecutors learned from an official at the Department of Corrections on July 3 that Tasker had allegedly violated the terms of his sentence and the rules of state prison 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.”

Johnson also alleges that the investigation by Captain Andrew Newcomb, chief of security for the Division of Community Corrections at the Department of Corrections, found that Tasker had access to an internet-accessible smartphone, tablet and computer while on work release “after signing documents acknowledging that he was prohibited from accessing the Internet.”

Her motion also alleges that Tasker “enlisted his mother to manage his Facebook account in violation of New Hampshire State Prison rules and regulations” and also used a Facebook account to send a friend request to a “staff member’s child,” knowing that the child was a close friend of the victim in his criminal case.

Tasker is fighting the request to impose the sentence.

“Mr. Tasker denies that he engaged in conduct warranting imposition of the suspended sentence,” defense attorney Alan Cronheim wrote in his objection.

He requested that a hearing be held, but one had not been scheduled as of Monday.

Tasker was arrested in 2016 during an undercover police sting and resigned from the House while he was serving his third term.

He was also the focus of a probe by the Attorney General’s office, which found that he had used marijuana in the State House and sold it to a handful of state legislators, occasionally bringing the drug with him to Concord and distributing it there.

However, the AG report said the investigation did not “uncover pervasive illicit drug transactions at the State House or among elected state officials.”

Tuesday, February 18, 2020