New Hampshire Republican representative Kyle Tasker has a history of questionable antics. In 2014, for example, he said that he should be allowed to join the Black caucus because he is “fond of rap music.” Now, Tasker’s actions have gone far enough that he is finally facing legitimate consequences. The 30 year-old representative is now behind bars for possessing drugs and arranging a meeting with a 14 year-old girl, reports Union Leader’s Jason Schreiber.
Tasker is specifically charged with using Facebook Messenger to arrange a meeting with a 14 year-old girl, with the intent to commit aggravated felonious sexual assault. According to NECN, Tasker told the girl, “This is how guys my age get into trouble.” Additionally, he offered drugs, asked for sexual favors, and sent her pornographic videos. Some of the offers and messages were even sent during State House committee meetings.
According to prosecutor Stephanie Ilberg-Lamm, the investigation into Kyle Tasker’s behavior began in late January, after Nottingham police were notified that Tasker had allegedly sexually harassed a young female. The police then formulated a plan, where an officer posed as a 14 year-old girl and made arrangements with Tasker online to meet in person. As Nottingham Police Chief Gunnar Foss said, “If you go after children, we’ll be knocking on your door – it’s that simple.”
When the officer arrived at the agreed upon meeting place, Tasker was present and armed with a loaded gun. He was arrested on the spot. Later, in a thorough search of his home, it was discovered that, along with loaded weapons throughout the house and in his vehicle, he was in possession of marijuana, hallucinogenic mushrooms, and the drug Soboxone — a drug used to treat opiate addiction. The drugs were packaged and labeled, clearly indicating Tasker’s intent to sell.
Tasker is currently being held with a bail of $250,000, and House Speaker Shawn Jasper has called for him to resign. Of the situation, and Kyle Tasker specifically, Jasper said:
‘From the quantity of drugs involved, there is no question in my mind that he does not belong in the House.’
In an official statement, Jasper went into more detail, saying:
‘Representative Tasker is facing serious charges that, if true, are beyond the bounds of human decency. 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.’
New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn commented as well, saying, “The charges against Representative Tasker are troubling and disgusting.”
Troubling and disgusting indeed. With this new information revealed about Kyle Tasker, it is clear that he is more than just a controversial character; he is a serious threat facing serious problems, and he is in no position to represent the people of New Hampshire.
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