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Former Republican Senate aide dead of apparent suicide after child porn arrest

By David Ferguson
Friday, January 24, 2014 14:07 EDT
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Ryan Loskarn under arrest via screencap
 
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The former staffer to Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) who was arrested in December for possession of child pornography was found dead of an apparent suicide at his parents’ house in Maryland. Politico reported Friday that the body of Ryan Loskarn, 35, was found on Thursday afternoon.

A statement from Colonel Phil Kasten of the Carroll County Sheriff’s office said, “At approximately 12pm yesterday, Carroll County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a private residence in the 6900 block of Kenmar Lane for a report of an unconscious male, believed to be deceased.”

“Family members reported finding 35 year old Jesse Ryan Loskarn unresponsive in his basement where he’d been residing with family since this past December,” the report continued. “The preliminary investigation indicates that Loskarn may have taken his own life, and his body has since been transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy.”

Loskarn’s arrest and downfall came as a shock to many on Capitol Hill. He spent more than a decade burnishing his reputation as a capable operative and a power player in Republican circles. He enjoyed close working relationships with several high-ranking Republicans and members of the media.

He was arrested in December by U.S. Postal Service investigators on suspicion that he was collecting and distributing sexually explicit material that involved the exploitation of minor children. An account published by U.S. News and World Report said that Loskarn’s cache of child pornography involved thousands of still pictures and hundreds of videos of adults forcing children to engage in sexual contact.

Prior to his arrest, Loskarn had served as Alexander’s chief of staff since 2011. The senator dropped Loskarn from his payroll when charges were filed. A judge ordered that Loskarn be placed under house arrest and fitted with a monitoring bracelet until his arraignment before a grand jury, which was scheduled for Feb. 8.

Watch video of Loskarn’s arrest, embedded below:

David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
 
 
 
 
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