Ryan Loskarn, former chief of staff to Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., had "hundreds of videos depicting underage boys engaged in sexually explicit conduct" on his home computer's hard drive, according to documents filed by U.S. postal inspectors in D.C. District Court Thursday.
Federal law enforcement officials swooped in to arrest Loskarn, a long-time Republican Capitol Hill staffer, Wednesday morning. The court documents state that the officials first began tracking him as a result of a 2010 investigation into a company that specialized in selling image of nude boys via mail and the Internet. Loskarn reportedly made numerous purchases from the company between November 2010 and March 2011.
The officials tracked Loskarn down in October after his home computer's IP address was found on a peer-to-peer network used to clandestinely traffic in child porn. A search warrant for his home was executed Wednesday morning, and a forensic examiner found the videos on his computer's hard drive.
He was taken into custody after the search and has been charged with possession and distribution of child porn. The full complaint can be read here. (WARNING: The document uses graphic language to describe the contents of the videos discovered in the investigation.)
Loskarn, whose full name is Jesse Ryan Loskarn, took over as Alexander’s chief of staff in January 2012. Prior to that, he was the staff director of the Senate Republican Conference and a spokesman for Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.
He worked at the Senate Republican Conference while Alexander was chairman and under his predecessor, Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz. Loskarn also worked for Rep. Wally Herger, R-Calif., and at the House Rules Committee.
Alexander expressed shock at the charges, first suspending, and then firing, Loskarn on Wednesday.
“The courts will judge Mr. Loskarn’s guilt or innocence, but under these circumstances, he cannot continue to fulfill his duties as chief of staff of this office. Therefore, as of today, I have removed him from the payroll,” Alexander said.