Wednesday, April 23, 2014 · 7:27 a.m.

Sen. Lamar Alexander aide arrested on child porn charges

Senator appoints new chief of staff

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Ryan Loskarn, former chief of staff to Sen. Lamar Alexander, was arrested Wednesday afternoon on charges of possession and distribution of child pornography. Loskarn’s home was searched, as was his computer in Alexander’s office, Politico reported.

Sen. Lamar Alexander. (Photo: Staff)  

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

"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."

The senator named David Cleary as his next chief of staff. Cleary has served as Alexander’s legislative director since 2011. He has been working with the senator since 2006.

Loskarn became Alexander’s chief of staff in 2012, according to his LinkedIn profile. He was previously the staff director for the Senate Republican Conference and communications director for Rep. Marsha Blackburn.

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