Ex-Senate aide appears in court on child porn charges
December 12th, 2013
05:34 PM ET
9 months ago

Ex-Senate aide appears in court on child porn charges

(CNN) – Sen. Lamar Alexander's former chief of staff appeared in court on Thursday after formally being charged with possessing and attempting to distribute child pornography.

Jesse Ryan Loskarn, 35, looked straight ahead and answered "yes" or "no" when questioned by the judge in U.S. District Court. He did not enter a plea.

Loskarn remained in custody with another hearing scheduled for Monday when bail considerations would likely be raised.

He was arrested Wednesday after a raid on his Washington home and quickly replaced by Alexander, who said in a statement that he was "stunned and surprised" by the news.

Alexander said his office was cooperating with investigators.

An affidavit from a U.S. Postal inspector included in the criminal complaint alleged Loskarn made several purchases in 2010 and 2011 from a Canadian company selling sexually explicit DVDs and streaming videos, the majority of which featured underage nude boys.

Federal investigators then said in October, child pornography files were being offered for download on an Internet peer-to-peer network linked to Loskarn's residential IP address.

It included a 28-minute video of graphic material featuring children reportedly as young as 6 years old.

The Maryland native had previously worked for two Republican House members, as well as the House Rules Committee and the Senate Republican Conference.

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    Isn't this Lamar Alexander a GOP guy? Pat yourself on back, GOP. This is what republicans represent in this nation, pathetic. Shut up, all.

    December 12, 2013 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    The Republican Party, the party of family values.

    December 12, 2013 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  3. Ol' Yeller

    "The Maryland native had previously worked for two Republican House members, as well as the House Rules Committee and the Senate Republican Conference."

    Long time staffer of the Family Values Party, the 'I'm better than you because you all are all sinners and going to heII Party', and the now.... 'Oh yeah, what about Anthony Weiner Party'

    AKA- the Hypocritical/Projectionist Party.

    December 12, 2013 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  4. A True Conservative

    I don't care if R or D.....fire him and jail him!

    December 12, 2013 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  5. Thomas

    Alexander, who said in a statement that he was "stunned

    Jesse Ryan Loskarn , Sen. Lamar Alexander's former chief of staff is charged with possessing and attempting to distribute child pornography.
    He had previously worked for two Republican House members, as well as the had previously worked for two Republican House members, as well as the House Rules Committee and the Senate Republican Conference.

    ==============

    Oh my,
    House Rules Committee and the Senate Republican Conference.

    December 12, 2013 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  6. sonnie3

    This creep need 20 years of hard time. and a large fine.

    December 12, 2013 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  7. Woman In California

    Another day in the mind of a republican.

    December 12, 2013 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  8. Server

    "Society wants the truth!"

    "Society can't handle the truth, only Google can!"

    Does auto-complete work for all search queries?

    Perhaps we need to look at the aggregate search data stored on the server.

    December 13, 2013 03:21 am at 3:21 am |
  9. Marie MD

    Oh my, the party of family values is at it again.

    December 13, 2013 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  10. jay howard

    A typical Republican.... what can you expect from them? This perv should run for the Senate. The Republicans voted in a diaper wearing, hooker visiting "family man", David Vitter, and recently voted in cheating liar Mark Sanford. They love pervs.

    December 13, 2013 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  11. servers

    "Society wants the truth!"

    "Society can't handle the truth, only Google can!"

    Does auto-complete work for all search queries?

    Perhaps we need to look at the aggregate search data stored on the servers.

    December 13, 2013 07:37 am at 7:37 am |