CONCORD, N.H. >> A state representative charged with trying to lure a 14-year-old girl into a sexual encounter has been released on $50,000 cash bail.

A Rockingham County Department of Corrections official tells the Concord Monitor that Rep. Kyle Tasker was released from jail Monday.

Tasker, a 30-year-old Republican from Nottingham, was arraigned last week on three drug charges and one count of using a computer to lure the girl. Police say he tried to meet her but instead was greeted by law enforcement.

House Speaker Shawn Jasper removed Tasker from the House Children and Family Law Committee. He and other Republicans have suggested that Tasker resign. A House spokesman said representatives will talk about the issue Wednesday.

Messages seeking comment were left with Tasker and his lawyer.

Police say Tasker sent the girl — an acquaintance — inappropriate messages online before police took control of her social media account and agreed to the meeting. He was arrested at a secluded beach last week.

After his arrest, police searched his home and said they found marijuana, hallucinogenic mushrooms and other drugs.

Tasker, who is serving his third term, made headlines in 2012 when he dropped his gun on the floor of a state building as he prepared to attend a committee hearing. It wasn't known if the gun was loaded. Carrying a firearm in the Statehouse complex is not illegal.



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