Senator: Staffer's home searched in investigation

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 11, 2013 at 11:04 pm •  Published: December 11, 2013
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander has replaced his chief of staff after learning the staffer's home was being searched as part of a child pornography investigation.

Alexander, R-Tenn., said in a statement Wednesday that it'll be up to the courts to judge Ryan Loskarn, but "under these circumstances, he cannot continue to fulfill his duties as chief of staff."

Alexander named his legislative director, David Cleary, as his new chief of staff.

Alexander said he was "stunned, surprised and disappointed" by the allegations against Loskarn.

U.S. Justice Department spokesman Peter Carr said in a statement that Loskarn was arrested based on probable cause for possession and distribution of child pornography charges.

Several messages left for Loskarn were not immediately returned.

Video taken by WJLA-TV shows Loskarn being led from his southeast D.C. home by U.S. Postal Inspector police who put him in a black SUV. Loskarn appeared to be in handcuffs, although a coat was draped over his arms.

On Wednesday afternoon, Loskarn remained in custody pending a court hearing expected to be scheduled for Thursday in federal court in Washington, D.C.

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