Sen. Lamar Alexander 'Stunned' by Child Porn Probe Into Chief of Staff

Residence of senator's top staffer being searched, boss announces.

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., says his office is fully cooperating with an ongoing child pornography investigation.
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Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., announced Wednesday his chief of staff, Ryan Loskarn, is a suspect in a child pornography investigation.

The two-term senator shared the news in a released statement.

"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," Alexander said.

It's unclear if Loskarn, 35, has been arrested or charged with committing a crime. The Office of Senate Legal Counsel declined to comment on what information it provided Alexander.

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

It's not immediately clear which law enforcement agencies are involved in the case.

A spokesperson for the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Washington Field Office was unaware of the investigation, as was a spokesperson for D.C.'s Metropolitan Police Department.

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia declined to comment, citing a general practice of neither confirming nor denying ongoing investigations.

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Loskarn was promoted to lead the senator's Washington, D.C., office in 2011. He joined Alexander's office as staff director in 2009. Before that, he worked for the Senate Republican Conference.

Loskarn, who landed on Roll Call's "Fabulous 50" list of top staffers in 2011, earns an annual salary of approximately $170,000, according to information posted to Legistorm. His Twitter feed was last updated in October.

 

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