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.
Typical GOP hypocrite who spewed "family values" at the same time watching adults raping children, but too cowardly to face the music for his crimes.
Probably the result of crowing up conflicted andRepuuican!
@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.
You keep trying to work this dishonest political trick. Did you actually look at the video? It was a carefully edited film of a couple of ridiculous women who weren't even identified. Even their stupid comments were chopped and edited. They could have very easily been a part of the ploy. The actual footage of Battleground Texas said nothing about Greg Abott's wheelchair. The "Stand With Wendy" phrase refers to her long filibuster – where she even wore a urinary catheter because Republicans would end the filibuster if she went to the bathroom. This is the event where Wendy Davis got recognized. She was STANDING! You're not furthering the conservative position by using these cheap, Tea Party tricks to try to win the election. Americans are tired of distortions and dishonest conspiracies.
@ART, perhaps you and @Doug can get together and have a high brow conversation, since it is obvious that you both have so much to contribute to a thoughtful dialogue.
If he were someone working for a Democrat, there would absolutely be a headline on FoxNews discussing a conspiracy and cover up.
"Doesn`t surprise me, this guy was mentally ill."
And you know this because.....
"He's dead, Jim." He took his own life.
Good! now if we could only get the rest of them to follow suit.
Kill your own subordinates when they do something wrong out of fear of the boss losing glory?
Typical Republican, can't take the heat...stay out of the kitchen...
Come on, people. Some of you should be ashamed of yourselves. Reprehensible acts, for sure, but hardly limited to Republican offenders. To suggest as much belittles the offense and the victims. If you can't get past the fact that some things just don't have anything to do with politics, then you have a problem you need to fix.
His parents said, "Pray for him, his family and friends." They might have added their son's victims to their list of those needing prayers.
Uh...I have democrat leanings but maybe "Libdub" is referring to the runaway success of the market during the Obama era. This on the whole represents further separation of the 1% from the rest of us. While unions get trounced and pensions dissolved. Is this considered a success for the average worker? I don't think so.
What IS it with republicans and always being outed as hyprocritical perverts?
I just made as completely innocuous statement with no bad words and my "comment is awaiting moderation"???? Must be for past sins – I'm on the "no comment list".
Another GOP family values candidate
"It was only a Bieber concert video! I Swear!"
Pedophilia holds no party affiliation. Anyone can be one. And yes, they are usually cowards. I really hate he's going to miss his date with Bubba, Pookie, or Peanut, in the joint.
Liberal Dems are stupid, and it is obvious that Conservative Pubs are as well. Thank goodness for the Moderate Independent slot. The worst part about this is that he couldn't take all the rest of the idiocratic duality with him. Correct me if you think I'm wrong just so I know which group your in. Fool!
I knew it would be a Republican before even opening the article. Hypocrites. Guy probably went to church, too.