Jesse Ryan Loskarn, the former chief of staff for Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., who was suspected of possessing child porn, was found dead Thursday in what local police are reporting to be an apparent suicide.
According a press release on the Carroll County, Md., website, Loskarn, 35, was found "unresponsive" in his basement where he had been living with his parents since December.
"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," the release stated.
Officials at the sheriff's office confirmed Friday that no more new information would be released until the investigation is concluded, which is expected to take several weeks.
Loskarn was arrested of possessing child pornography on Dec. 11, 2013. According to the complaint filed against him, Loskarn was found to have "hundreds of videos depicting underage boys engaged in sexually explicit conduct." If convicted, Loskarn would have faced a five-year minimum sentence for possessing child pornography.
After his arraignment, Loskarn moved into his parents' home in Maryland where he was wearing an ankle bracelet and was under police surveillance. When news of the charges against him broke, he was immediately let go from Alexander's office where he had worked since 2011. Loskarn had garnered a reputation as a reliable political source and rising conservative staffer on Capitol Hill. He was named one of the "Fabulous 50" by Roll Call in 2009.
"For everyone involved this is a sad and tragic story from beginning to end," Alexander said in a released statement Friday.
During his tenure on Capitol Hill, Loskarn worked for Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and former GOP Whip Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona.