Jesse Ryan Loskarn Had 'Hundreds' of Porn Videos of Young Boys, Girls, Police Say

Criminal complaint details case against Sen. Lamar Alexander's former chief of staff.

Jesse Ryan Loskarn, center, former top staffer for U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, had been charged for possessing and distributing hundreds child pornography videos.

Jesse Ryan Loskarn, center, former top staffer for U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, had been charged for possessing and distributing hundreds child pornography videos.

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A criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court Thursday says Jesse Ryan Loskarn attempted to hide an external hard drive loaded with "hundreds" of child porn videos when police knocked down his door with a battering ram.

Loskarn, 35, was fired by Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., on Wednesday after his arrest. As chief of staff since 2011, Loskarn directed the two-term senator's Washington, D.C., staff.

The criminal complaint charging Loskarn with possession and distribution of child pornography offers graphic descriptions of children being sexually abused by older men in videos the longtime congressional aide possessed and shared.

Loskarn was arrested by U.S. Postal Inspection Service agents at his home in Washington, D.C. According to the complaint, he was first flagged by investigators as part of a joint U.S. Postal Service-Toronto police investigation into a company that produced videos primarily of nude boys.

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"Review of the customer invoices and purchase summary from the database revealed that Loskarn had made several purchases between November 2010 and March 2011," the complaint says.

This year, investigators say an IP address traced to Loskarn's residence was the source of a 28-minute pornographic video of a man raping a girl believed to be between 6 and 9 years old. The video was shared Oct. 5-6 on a peer-to-peer network called Gnutella.

The court document says Loskarn did not open his home's door when police announced themselves Wednesday. As the door was being rammed, a member of the arrest team assigned to the home's rear perimeter allegedly watched Loskarn lean out a window and place an item - later determined to be an external hard drive - on an exterior window ledge.

Forensic investigators analyzed the hard drive and found a multi-scene video of a young girl being sexually assaulted and "hundreds of videos depicting underage boys engaged in sexually explicit conduct."

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Alexander, Loskarn's boss since 2009, announced the raid in a Wednesday statement and said he was placing his top staffer - who earned approximately $170,000 a year - on unpaid leave. Later in the day, Alexander announced he had fired Loskarn.

"The courts will judge Mr. Loskarn's guilt or innocence, but under these circumstances, he cannot continue to fulfill his duties as chief of staff of this office," Alexander said. "Therefore, as of today, I have removed him from the payroll."

Loskarn appeared in court Thursday morning and faces a mandatory minimum of 5 years in prison if convicted. Attornies Pamela Satterfield and Stuart Sears of Schertler & Onorato are representing Loskarn. A call to the law firm was not immediately returned.

 

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