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. catherine

    Elizabeth Tugatuk....I think he should first have a trial. This guy is confused. Dems have sex scandals. GOP has money scandals.

    December 11, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  2. gladiatorgrl

    cheaters, pedophiles and drug addicts – today's GOP

    December 11, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  3. ThisIsNot4U2

    Republican....Pfft....Figures.

    December 11, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  4. Malory Archer

    @raul kabinza
    I find it strange to associate this behavior with any political party,

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    Right, because your ilk doesn't fall all over themselves to post pearls of wisdon when a dem gets busted.

    December 11, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  5. Josh

    Since it involves a Republican, it must be god's will. So, buying more guns is the right solution as god ordained.

    December 11, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  6. Elizabeth Tugatuk

    There is one person that did that to me I didn't think he would be like that to me< His wife didn't say anything They both can't hurt me because they are far away<

    December 11, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  7. Tim

    This happened to a friend of mine and his gf. Their house was raided but found nothing. Then police determined someone was using their wifi and downloading child porn. Scary.....

    December 11, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  8. Mike

    Lamar has been so busy telling others how they should live, he missed this stuff going on right under his nose.

    December 11, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  9. Malory Archer

    JP

    Shouldn't they wait until he's charged with something?

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    Only in the private sector. In the public sector they pull your credentials at the same time they tell you you're under investigation. Police officers get placed on "administrative leave" until the investigation is complete every time they fire their weapons in the line of duty. Servicemembers have their security clearances pulled and they get sent to work in a bunker somewhere until the investigation is complete.

    December 11, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    heppynottobeadem

    @Dave, Really.....Anthony Weiner, no need to say more.
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    Weiner broke no laws, but child pornography is highly illegal.

    December 11, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  11. Gurgyl

    It is not distraction, it GOP garbage way out......

    December 11, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  12. Malory Archer

    Used to be a republican but never Again

    Another GOP hypocrite caught in the act ! Always trying to point out other people's moral fault's when they themselves are Rotten To The CORE !

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    It's called deflection: Don't look at me attempting to sneak away with my safe cracking tools and the contents of your safe. Look over there at the guy sweeping up the glass from the window I broke while entering your business – he's trying to hide the evidence so he must be the REAL culprit!

    December 11, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  13. Byteme

    Of course Faux News won't have this as a lead story or even mention it at all. They hide or dismiss all GOP folks that get caught up in stuff like this and use their mind-bending skills to blame it on Democrats.

    December 11, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  14. KHS

    Please, commentators, leave politics out of this. If the guy is guilty (not proven yet), his motives were anything but political. No party is to blame, only he himself.

    December 11, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  15. joeknockz

    So wait a second.........The Republicans slam the president about him taking a harmless picture with the PM of Denmark, But A Republican senators Chief of Staff takes pictures of little kids naked and Fox news and other Republican outlets have NOTHING to say about it?

    December 11, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  16. Phil in KC

    @ Elizabeth Tugatuk
    "I think that person should be put away for good. What do you guys think?"

    I think we should wait for the investigation to conclude and for the man to be convicted before passing sentence. But that's just me.

    December 11, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  17. Flexman

    Before I read the article and just saw the headline I knew the aide was associated with a Republican....such hypocrites.

    December 11, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  18. WilliamG

    I'm a proud LIberal Democrat, and I'd like to believe that the Senator did not have any knowledge of his top aide's likes. I think he did the right thing, placing him on leave w/o pay. Now i have to agree that if this was a democrat, FOXNEWS would've jumped on this and it would've been all they talked about for the next 3 months; similar to how they are still trying to drag the ACA. Now that it's (ACA) is working and people are finding out that the fear and lies being pushed from the Right is no longer real...they need to find something else to jump on.

    Here's what needs to be focused on though, be it Democrat or Republican...this guy had or was viewing child pornography, according to the accusations. I hope that it's not true because this is going to not only affect him, but it's going to affect the senator etc.

    December 11, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  19. Patricia

    Truly – the moral majority is neither.

    December 11, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  20. JPM

    You can bet your bottom dollar that if this were a Democrat Senator this story would not be on here.

    December 11, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  21. Bob

    Anyone supposing that this news is indicative of all Republicans as a whole is a moron. You know who you are. I'll say it again;using this event to make a blanket political statement about either party makes you a moron.

    December 11, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  22. InkyGuy

    I'd encourage fellow liberals and progressives from using this story to play whackamole on Republicans. If the charges are true real children have been greatly exploited and harmed.

    Don't make the mistake of using the apparent evil crimes of one man to slander his political colleagues. Otherwise, you are essentially using these crimes to children and the damage they've done for your own selfish purposes. This only serves to dirty and stain what I believe to be a geuinely great and critically needed political vision for our country.

    (Likewise, conservatives, same goes for you.)

    December 11, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  23. skdowd

    Darling of the GOP, favorite son of Tennessee Republicans, stained.

    December 11, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  24. PtBarnumBoy

    Hard to believe??? Well, then again maybe not.

    December 11, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  25. hahahah

    What about the CHILD PORN RING at the PENTAGON, which is constantly blockaded from investigation?

    December 11, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
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