Senator's chief of staff arrested on child porn-related charges, authorities say
December 11th, 2013
11:55 AM ET
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Senator's chief of staff arrested on child porn-related charges, authorities say

Updated 7:23 p.m., 12/11/13

(CNN) - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander’s chief of staff was arrested on Wednesday on child pornography related charges, federal prosecutors said.

Jesse Ryan Loskarn, 35, was held pending a planned hearing on Thursday in federal court in Washington, according to a Justice Department statement.

"I am stunned, surprised and disappointed by what I have learned," Alexander, a Tennessee Republican, said in a statement earlier in the day, noting that his office is cooperating in the investigation.

Loskarn’s arrest by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service
was based on probable cause for possession and distribution of child pornography, the Justice Department said.

He was replaced in Alexander’s office.

No other details about the case were available.


Filed under: Lamar Alexander • Senate • Tennessee
soundoff (118 Responses)
  1. BO

    Lamar doesn't have to act like democrats to make it in Washington.

    December 11, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  2. Dave

    Sen Bob Menendez will probably hire him in a heartbeat!

    December 11, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Glad to see the Senator did the right thing and put the aide on leave WITHOUT pay.

    December 11, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  4. Texas

    It's Obama's fault....not

    December 11, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  5. brin66

    The republicans will come back with "It was taken out of contexts" that is their answer for everything

    December 11, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  6. Tim

    A liberal infiltrated even a Senators inner circle, have they no shame?

    December 11, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  7. Big Jilm

    This is not a left or right thing. I think we're all on the same team at trying to stop this kind of sickness. I think this is something Conservatives and Liberals can agree on.

    December 11, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  8. Larry B.

    So much for the Family Values Party.

    December 11, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  9. Tony

    Politics doesn't matter here...this individual's use of pornography, and specifically child sexual abuse images, is a signal of a more serious problem. This country could use a lesson in the growing internet pornography addictions that are abundant. The child sexual abuse images is a part of the bigger problem. Alberto Gonzales was right to start the campaign he did in bringing these cases into the courts – but let's go one step further and treat the problem, not provide the consequences. Pornography is a part of a sexual addiction.

    December 11, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  10. GTA

    "At least he wasn't smoking crack !"

    Was that a reference to Rob Ford? If so, it's not illegal to smoke crack.

    December 11, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  11. Al-NY,NY

    Thomas Eisenhut

    Where's your article about Harry Reid getting visas for foreign nationals? I seemed to have missed it. Come on CNN, please report ALL the news.
    ----

    funny...but a quick check of Faux Snews has a big article about Harry Reid but NOTHING about this issue.....did you write the same comment on their site??

    December 11, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  12. stevensrmiller

    How sweet for this to be in Tennessee, the federal prosecutor's favorite state for criminal obscenity charges.

    December 11, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  13. Tony

    This proves once again that, for better or worse, politicians are just as human as everyone else, regardless of the image they try to project.

    December 11, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  14. ericmccowan

    More and more everyday, I am ashamed that I am, was, a republican. I wasn't your typical republican, as I love the environment, women rights, and the poor. Too tell you the truth, I don't know why I was ever a republican. Perhaps it was because my father was a coal miner and I love to hunt. I'm stuck in the middle.

    December 11, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  15. northerstar

    Finally an elected official that is not involved in something illegal & indecent – Just the person who runs his office and guides his policy decisions. A great vetting process ! Got to love politicians

    December 11, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  16. frmrma

    I'm confused as to who deserves "due process", which is thrown around like candy at Halloween when it involves certain people/certain accusations. I wonder how many people thought that Jameis Winston (FSU QB) should've been suspended from school and banned from playing immediately upon being accused of a crime.

    December 11, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  17. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    The party of "Family Values"... HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!

    December 11, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  18. greybeard

    Another win for the Family Values party.

    December 11, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  19. heppynottobeadem

    @Dave, Really.....Anthony Weiner, no need to say more.

    December 11, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  20. Pete T.

    Who is Harry Reid supposed to get visas for, domestic nationals?

    December 11, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  21. JimC

    If it was a democrat they'd all be saying that he was being persecuted for his alternative lifestyle....

    December 11, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  22. BO

    I stand corrected. Lamar doesn't have to act like democrats, but he should. Instead, he's acting like hypocritical republicans who preach "family values," and then pull stunts like this.

    December 11, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  23. coyoteliberty

    This is the difference between Democrats and Republicans. Democrats duck and cover their guys when they screw up (look at the Bob Filner situation until media scrutiny made a stand with Filner untenable...or Barney Frank...or Garry Studds...) but Republicans pull the trigger quickly. Even really Bad Republicans like Alexander.

    December 11, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  24. Socrates

    This is terrible. Now the NSA wont be able to blackmail him to push his boss for greater powers and less oversight. Luckily they have plenty of similar dirt on the rest of Congress.

    December 11, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  25. atkoa

    What ever happened to the investigation of New Jersey Democratic Sen. Robt.Menendez?

    December 11, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
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