Ryan Loskarn, Facing Child Porn Charges, Released on Bail

Former top Senate staffer will wear an electronic monitoring anklet.

U.S. Postal Inspection Service police walk with Ryan Loskarn, center, chief of staff for U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, in Washington D.C.
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Ryan Loskarn, the former chief of staff for Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., was granted release on bail Monday as he awaits grand jury indictment on child pornography charges.

Loskarn, 35, appeared in court Monday wearing an orange jumpsuit. Magistrate Judge John Facciola ruled Loskarn can live with his parents in Sykesville, Md., pending trial. He is not allowed access to the Internet and will be outfitted with an electronic monitoring anklet.

[READ: Loskarn Had Hundreds of Child Porn Videos, Police Say]

Pam Satterfield, an attorney representing Loskarn, declined to comment on details about the case, but said she expects her client to be released from jail sometime Monday afternoon.

Loskarn's father, Chuck, told reporters outside the courtroom, "I do have one comment — it's tragic. That's about it," Roll Call reports.

The grand jury will be convened in January.

Loskarn was arrested Wednesday after U.S. Postal Inspection Service police raided his Washington, D.C., home. Alexander fired Loskarn - who earned approximately $175,000 a year - later that day.

According to a criminal complaint filed Thursday against Loskarn, the senior Senate staffer first appeared on investigators' radar after a joint U.S. Postal Service-Toronto police investigation into a company that produced films of young nude boys.

Invoices showed Loskarn purchased films from the company between November 2010 and March 2011, according to the complaint.

The complaint says this year Loskarn shared a 28-minute video on Oct. 5-6 depicting the rape of a girl believed to be between 6 and 8 years old using the peer-to-peer network Gnutella. Loskarn's residential IP address was allegedly the source of the video.

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The staffer did not respond when police announced themselves Wednesday. He allegedly attempted to hide an external hard drive as police used a battering ram to knock in his door. The hard drive contained a multi-scene video of a young girl being sexually assaulted and "hundreds of videos depicting underage boys engaged in sexually explicit conduct," the criminal complaint says.

Loskarn faces decades in prison if convicted of possessing and distributing child pornography.

As the first steps of his prosecution unfolded, it emerged that a simple online search may have unearthed Loskarn's alleged proclivities.

Betsy Rothstein of The Daily Caller reported Friday that searching Google for a username associated with Loskarn - "jrltulane" - revealed a pornographic website account that "favorited" videos of simulated father-son incest and of a "third grade teacher."

Loskarn worked in Alexander's office since 2009 and served as chief of staff since 2011. Alexander, a two-term Republican, said he was "stunned" by the allegations.

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