Ex-Senate aide who faced child porn charges found dead
January 24th, 2014
12:58 PM ET
11 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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  1. Rudy NYC

    Wow. I pray for anyone who is troubled enough to take their own life.

    January 24, 2014 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  2. Tina

    I will never understand how an adult can be attracted to children in that way.

    January 24, 2014 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  3. doug

    Don't all GOPers want to scr3w kids?

    January 24, 2014 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  4. pbernasc

    how to avoid a GOP scandal? well .. accidents at times can help ...

    January 24, 2014 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

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

    Indeed.

    January 24, 2014 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  6. Loathstheright

    Republican....that is all that needs to be said.

    January 24, 2014 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  7. Fred

    The comments here relating to his political party are ridiculous !!! No pedophiles are Democrats right? ( sarcasm) Such ignorance ! Point of the story people a pervert is now dead and will not be out there to harm children. Yes, the word Republican was mentioned as many times as possible but please be intelligent enough to see past the nonsense.

    January 24, 2014 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  8. Libdumb

    What does this have to do with anyone but his family. Nothing but political diversion from our real problems. Check out how well the stock markets are going. Reality about the economy is setting in. Failure by your President, over and over again and not a word from the Liberal press.

    January 24, 2014 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  9. smith

    @Malory-Don`t get your hopes up. No one is going to spin Loskarn`s sick ways. Well, maybe Battleground Texas. They did make fun of a guy for being in a wheelchair.

    January 24, 2014 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  10. IndyMike

    At least we won't have to endure the weak "I made a mistake' excuses of a political junkie pervert.

    January 24, 2014 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  11. tired of bs.

    As the song says! ...bye...bye...bye...

    January 24, 2014 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  12. Phattee

    Yes, the rollout of the ACA was damaging to Dems, but this, Christie, McDonnell, Huckabee, etc. have all reminded Americans of the mess that the GOP has become.

    January 24, 2014 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  13. ShawnDH

    Libdumb whined: "What does this have to do with anyone but his family. Nothing but political diversion from our real problems. Check out how well the stock markets are going. Reality about the economy is setting in. Failure by your President, over and over again and not a word from the Liberal press."
    __________________

    So when the stock market is booming, not a word from you. When it falls a little bit, you desperately blame Obama. You people are ridiculous. It's pathetic. I think Obama has done a good job of rebuilding the nation after your EPIC FAIL president left it a pile of smoldering ruins.

    January 24, 2014 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  14. PJ

    Isn't it strange that the weirdest perversions and hypocricies come from the GOP......The Weenie Weiner exception.

    January 24, 2014 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  15. IndyMike

    Jojola
    I'm sure Fox noise will somehow spin it and link this to the president, Benghazi, IRS, Solandra, NSA, etc.

    JOJOLA: it's getting hard to keep track of all the Obama scandals, isn't it? You forgot to put Obamacare on your list, the biggest scandal of all.

    January 24, 2014 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  16. DaPrezadent

    "If I had a son....."

    January 24, 2014 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  17. Malory Archer

    smith

    @Malory-Don`t get your hopes up. No one is going to spin Loskarn`s sick ways. Well, maybe Battleground Texas. They did make fun of a guy for being in a wheelchair.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Still tilting at windmills huh? The texas group are jerks. This guy was a criminal who took the easy way out.

    January 24, 2014 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  18. BrianSoFla

    Typical hypocritical GOP member.... they stand on soap boxes and scream and tell others to be "moral" and they do the exact opposite. WHEN IS AMERICA GOING TO WAKE UP AND VOTE THESE FREAKS OUTTA OFFICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The freak got off easy by killing himself or did he? On the plus side, he's dead and one less GOP vote in the next election! YAY!

    GOP now stands for Gross Oppressive Ped0philes

    January 24, 2014 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  19. Name

    What if he was covering for the Senator but got assassin

    January 24, 2014 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  20. Lewis

    Republicans blame Obama in 3...2...1...

    January 24, 2014 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  21. For A Good Time Call Someone Else

    "doug

    Don't all GOPers want to scr3w kids?"

    @Doug – No. Just the middle and lower class.

    January 24, 2014 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  22. Thomas

    Very sad , mental illness .

    How long was Loskarn U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander's chief of staff ?

    January 24, 2014 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  23. Transcendental Mastermind

    Republican pervert love on the rocks...ain't no surprise!

    GOP = Grand Old Pedophiles

    January 24, 2014 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  24. sly

    " Check out how well the stock markets are going. Reality about the economy is setting in. Failure by your President"
    =====
    Anyone wondering why the Confederate Party keeps losing elections can just read what this bozo wrote, and there you have it.

    Literacy is a good quality, and those that can read know that the stock market under President Obama is at an all time high.

    These are great times for America. We are progressing, thriving, safe from all those foreign terrorist attacks under the previous administration.

    Americans, enjoy these good times, and look forward to President Clinton bringing our country even more success.

    January 24, 2014 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  25. Traffic Jam

    How to catch a GOP pervert? Look no further than their policies!

    January 24, 2014 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
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