A New Hampshire state representative was arrested Tuesday after police said he solicited a minor online.
Police said they arrested 30-year-old Kyle Tasker after searching his home on Smoke Street.
Officers found a large stash of drugs, guns and drug items.
Tasker was arrested and charged with the solicitation of a minor and possession of controlled drugs with the intent to distribute.
Police say they had been investigating Tasker’s computer use and allege he solicited a 14-year-old girl online.
Investigators say Tasker used Facebook messenger to contact the victim.
The victim told her parents and the parents reported it to police.
Police used the victim’s cell phone to continue communicating with Tasker and posed as the victim. According to court records, Tasker offered to give the victim drugs in exchange for sex acts.
Police arrested Tasker after Tasker agreed to meet police, who were posing as the victim.
Tasker is being held on $250,000 bail.
Statement from New Hampshire House Speaker Shawn Jasper:
“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.
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.”
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