Ex-Senate aide who faced child porn charges found dead
January 24th, 2014
12:58 PM ET
8 months ago

Ex-Senate aide who faced child porn charges found dead

Updated 2:02 p.m. ET, 1/24/2014

(CNN) - A former U.S. Senate aide who was charged last month with possessing child pornography was found dead Thursday in a Maryland home where he's been living with relatives, the Carroll County Sheriff's Office in Maryland said.

Investigators preliminarily believe Jesse Ryan Loskarn "may have taken his own life," the office said.

His parents, Chuck and Gay Loskarn, issued a statement saying they are "devastated" by his death and asked for privacy.

"We loved our son very much," they said. "Pray for him, his family and friends."

Loskarn, 35, was U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander's chief of staff when Loskarn was arrested in December. Alexander, R-Tennessee, quickly replaced him.

An affidavit from a U.S. postal inspector 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 also said that 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, authorities said.

Loskarn, a Maryland native who had previously worked for two Republican House members and the House Rules Committee and the Senate Republican Conference, did not enter a plea during an appearance in U.S. District Court on January 12.


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soundoff (96 Responses)
  1. Malory Archer

    And the blame the President cacophony will fire up in 3... 2... 1...

    January 24, 2014 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  2. Brandon

    If only it ended this way for all pedos

    January 24, 2014 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  3. KidKid

    Good...He did the right thing.

    January 24, 2014 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  4. ME

    Finally, a member of Congress getting a punishment that fit the crime!!

    January 24, 2014 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  5. smith

    Doesn`t surprise me, this guy was mentally ill.

    January 24, 2014 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  6. Shmeckell

    Awe, the poor thing.

    January 24, 2014 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  7. Bigwilliestyles

    If only the rest of the GOP clowns and the political ticker blog hosts would follow suit.

    January 24, 2014 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  8. Sandra

    Well, well, what a surprise.

    January 24, 2014 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  9. fidel

    GOP, sandusky, lawrence king, loskarn, franklin scandal, johnny goesch, catholic church, all conservative pedos

    January 24, 2014 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  10. doe22us

    Well, glad he offed himself there is nothing more sickening done a pedophile/child molestor. I am not without sin but these guys are sicko's.

    January 24, 2014 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  11. Moseph

    Well thats taken care of I guess.

    January 24, 2014 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  12. Yuck

    Sick people in this world. Leave the kids alone!

    January 24, 2014 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  13. Jason V

    He was obviously going to implicate Gov Chris Christie and was taken out

    January 24, 2014 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  14. Eddie B

    isn't the GOP the holy part

    January 24, 2014 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  15. Carlton

    Thank you for saving the taxpayers from having to pay for your incarceration.

    January 24, 2014 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  16. sly

    Excellant news.

    January 24, 2014 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  17. TNPatriot

    Typical Republican coward

    January 24, 2014 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  18. GunnieGraves

    That's one offender who definitely won't reoffend. Problem solved.

    January 24, 2014 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  19. Williemojorisin

    Adios.

    January 24, 2014 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  20. Joshuab

    Good riddence

    January 24, 2014 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  21. KlintzCNN

    Wow.

    5... 4... 3... 2... 1...

    Here come the anti-GOP commenters!

    January 24, 2014 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  22. DuHatsin

    I think most of us would agree that the world would appreciate if all pedophiles follower Mr. Loskarn's lead and killed themselves.

    January 24, 2014 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  23. Name. MADMOTHER

    He had to go before he said something in bring the other creeps down!!!! Thats boys & girls is what we call in house cleaning!!! LOL

    January 24, 2014 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  24. ART

    Typical Rethuglican all family values and pro life etc.etc. Now at least I know why he was pro life more poor banies born more kids to abuse. All Rethuglicans are hypocrites except when it comes to their stance on the wealthy

    January 24, 2014 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  25. Pafitis Kypreos

    There is justice after all!

    January 24, 2014 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
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