Mar 7, 2016 9:28 PM
UPDATE: NH State Rep. Tasker - accused of trying to lure teen for sex - expected to resign
New Hampshire state representative Kyle Tasker, who was facing sex and drug charges after a recent police sting, is expected to resign this week.
Police say Tasker had attempted to solicit who he thought was a 14-year-old girl online. Police said Tasker was arrested Tuesday, March 1 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.
Tasker 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.
Tasker had been held in the Rockingham County Jail on $250,000 bail. but was released under bail conditions Monday.
Speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives Shawn Jasper, R-Hudson, made a brief telephone statement Monday night saying, "in terms of his membership in the New Hampshire House, the issue will be resolved on Wednesday."
Speaker Jasper did not elaborate on Tasker's standing as a representative.
The New Hampshire GOP condemned his actions last 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."
Speaker 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."
Tasker had been at the center of another controversy over comments he made in 2014 about women in social media posts.
Tasker also caught heat in 2012 when he dropped a loaded gun in the New Hampshire Statehouse.