Ryan Loskarn, Chief Of Staff To Senator Lamar Alexander, Arrested On Child Porn Charges

Ryan Loskarn Arrested On Child Porn Charges

Ryan Loskarn, the chief of staff to Senator Lamar Alexander, has been arrested on child pornography charges. ABC News stated that Loskarn, 35, was arrested on the charges today by the US Postal Inspection Service, according to a Justice Department spokesman.

The Washington Post reported that Loskarn was arrested in his home Wednesday afternoon and is expected to appear in federal court in Washington on Thursday to face charges. The report continued on to say that Alexander announced in a statement that he has removed Loskarn from his staff and has replaced him with another longtime aide, David Cleary.

“I am stunned, surprised and disappointed by what I have learned,” Alexander said, according to the Huffington Post. “The office is fully cooperating with the investigation.” Alexander later stated the following in a later statement:

“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. Therefore, as of today, I have removed him from the payroll.”

Lori McCallister, the US Postal Inspector, told reporters that the US Postal Inspection Service will be the lead investigative agency in this case. “All documents related to this law enforcement action are currently under seal, therefore no additional information will be provided at this time,” McCallister said in an e-mail.

NBC4 Washington’s Chris Gordon reported that investigators removed a half-dozen bags and a computer from Loskan’s home Wednesday. He continued on to say that Loskan has been charged with possessing and distributing child pornography.

David Cleary has been named Alexander’s new chief of staff, saying that “David has worked with me for eight years and fortunately is well-prepared to step into this position.” Cleary has served as Alexander’s legislative director since 2011. Loskan is expected to appear in federal court on Thursday, December 12 to face his charges.

[Image via The Huffington Post]