Crime

GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander’s Chief Of Staff Under Investigation For Child Porn

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

The chief of staff for Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., is under investigation for child pornography, according to a statement from the lawmaker.

Jesse Ryan Loskarn was put on leave during the investigation.

“I was just informed by the United States Senate legal counsel’s office that law enforcement agents are conducting a search of the personal residence of Ryan Loskarn, the chief of staff of my Washington, D.C., office regarding allegations involving child pornography,” wrote Alexander, 73, in a statement.

Loskarn's private residence in Washington D.C. is reportedly being searched by agents from the U.S. Postal Service.

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Bags of evidence from Loskarn’s home and a computer were put into a postal inspector's SUV, Politico reported.

“I am stunned, surprised and disappointed by what I have learned,” Alexander wrote. “Based on this information, I immediately placed Mr. Loskarn on administrative leave without pay. The office is fully cooperating with the investigation.”

Loskarn, 35, is from Sykesville, Md. He graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans in 2000 and has worked for the GOP on Capitol Hill ever since. In 2009 he was named as one of Roll Call’s “Fabulous 50 Movers and Shakers” on Capitol Hill. He became chief of staff of Alexander’s D.C. office in November 2011.

Sources: Politico, New York Daily News