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Ex-New Hampshire lawmaker in sex case gets work release

March 7, 2019
FILE - This Nov. 2, 2016, file booking photo provided by the Rochester, N.H., police department shows former New Hampshire state Rep. Kyle Tasker, who pleaded guilty in 2017 to charges of drug possession and trying to lure a 14-year-old girl into a sexual encounter, and was sentenced to three to 10 years in jail. On Thursday, March 7, 2019, a Rockingham County Superior Court judge approved Tasker's work release. It had been recommended by the state prisons but opposed by prosecutors, who said the victim in the case was against it. (Rochester Police Department via AP, File)

BRENTWOOD, N.H. (AP) — A former New Hampshire lawmaker who pleaded guilty to charges of drug possession and trying to lure a 14-year-old girl over Facebook into a sexual encounter has been granted work release.

Kyle Tasker pleaded guilty in 2017 and was sentenced to three to 10 years in jail. The Nottingham Republican resigned in March 2016.

On Thursday, a Rockingham County Superior Court judge approved Tasker’s work release. It had been recommended by the state prisons but opposed by prosecutors, who said the victim in the case was against it.

Tasker has already completed a sex-offender treatment program. He will now be moved to a halfway house and will work during the day until May 30 when he is up for parole. Prosecutors had wanted him to remain in prison.