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Former Rep. Kyle Tasker indicted on new charges

By JAMES A. KIMBLE
Union Leader Correspondent

September 22. 2016 8:36PM
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BRENTWOOD — Former Nottingham state representative Kyle Tasker was indicted on two new charges in connection with allegedly trying to lure a 14-year-old girl to a sexual encounter, and having a cache of various drugs and firearms at his home.

A grand jury indicted Tasker, 31, of 87 Smoke Street, on a count of felonious use of a firearm and a count of conspiracy to sell or distribute a controlled drug.

The new felonies come two months after the former legislator was indicted on 11 charges, including certain uses of a computer prohibited, drug-possession charges.

The latest drug charge alleges that Tasker exchanged messages online with a person he believed was a 14-year-old girl about coming to his home to smoke marijuana. Prosecutors also allege that Tasker had a variety of guns, including a .357 Magnum and a rifle, at the same premises where he kept drugs that he intended to distribute.

Police found a variety of drugs inside Tasker’s home on March 1 when they executed a search warrant, including MDMA, psilocybin mushrooms, buprenorphine and hash oil.

Nottingham police began investigating Tasker in January when the mother of a 14-year-old girl reported that the legislator had sent her daughter “several inappropriate private messages” through a Facebook messaging app.

Police took over the girl’s Facebook account Jan. 26.

Tasker allegedly told the girl during a Facebook chat that “any time she wanted alcohol or marijuana he’d get it for her,” according to a police affidavit. He also told the girl he wanted to have a sexual encounter with her, police said.

Chris Gilroy, a Hampton police detective, posed as the girl online and struck up a conversation with Tasker.

The affidavit details sexually explicit statements that Tasker allegedly made to the undercover officer between Jan. 31 and March 1. On Feb. 29, Tasker allegedly discussed trying to arrange a meeting with the officer posing as the 14-year-old, the affidavit said.

Police arrested Tasker as he was driving to a location along Lucas Pond Road to meet the girl. During a search of his car, police found a loaded semi-automatic handgun in his glove box, marijuana, glass pipes and alcohol.

Tasker has pleaded not guilty to all charges and remains free on bail.

Following his indictment, a judge barred Tasker from using a computer and deleting any online communications he had, including social media posts.

He was also forbidden from using Snapchat or any other service that automatically deletes.


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