Mar 2, 2016 11:25 AM
CANDIA - N.H. State Rep. Kyle Tasker, R-Nottingham, has been charged with trying to lure a teen online for sex as well as drug possession.
Tasker was arraigned by video this morning in Candia district court.
He faces one charge of certain uses of a computer prohibited, which is a class B felony, and three charges of possession of a controlled drug, all class A felonies.
Police said Tasker was arrested Tuesday after the Nottingham Police Department and the New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force received a warrant to search his home at 87 Smoke St.
The New Hampshire GOP condemned his actions on Wednesday and called for Tasker to resign.
"The charges against Representative Tasker are deeply troubling and disgusting," said Jennifer Horn, chair of the NHGOP. "He is clearly unfit to hold public office and he must resign immediately."
At the Statehouse, House Speaker Shawn Jasper immediately removed Tasker from the House Children and Family Law committee and also called for his resignation.
“Representative Tasker is facing serious charges that, if true, are beyond the bounds of human decency," Jasper said. "It is clear that given the seriousness of these allegations, Rep. Tasker will be unable to represent his constituents effectively, and should resign immediately.
"This morning I issued a letter immediately removing him from his assignment on the House Children and Family Law committee. While only Rep. Tasker can make the decision to resign from his seat, the House does have the ability to remove him.
"As elected officials, we should hold ourselves to the highest standard of ethics and decency, and our constituents expect that from us. These allegations put an unfortunate stain on the good work we try and do here and what we have accomplished this term. The people of New Hampshire have a right to be concerned about the alleged actions of this individual, but they should be confident that the vast majority of elected officials are here in Concord working in their best interests.”
Tasker is no stranger to making news headlines.
In 2012, Tasker dropped a gun on his way into a committee hearing at the Statehouse. It did not discharge and according to the Concord Monitor, he said that he had given blood that morning and forgotten to snap the holster back into place.
More recently, Tasker made headlines when he posted a meme to Facebook joking about women who are victims of domestic violence.
The meme read, "50,000 battered women and I still eat mine plain."
Tasker is being held on $250,000 bail.
He is next scheduled to appear in court on March 21 at 10 a.m.
Investigators from the Hampton, Portsmouth, Manchester, Rochester, Hudson, and Greenland Police departments along with the New Hampshire State Police and the Department of Homeland Security helped with the investigation.
NH1 News will post updates on this story as we learn more.
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