Sen. Alexander's chief of staff arrested in child porn invest.

Sen. Alexander's chief of staff arrested in child porn investigation

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Ryan Loskarn was taken into custody following a raid on his Washington, D.C. home. (source: WJLA-TV) Ryan Loskarn was taken into custody following a raid on his Washington, D.C. home. (source: WJLA-TV)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WATE) - The chief of staff of U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), was arrested for allegations regarding child pornography and has been placed on administrative leave without pay.

The U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division says Jesse Ryan Loskarn, 35, was arrested Wednesday afternoon by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service for probable cause for possession and distribution of child pornography charges.

Postal inspectors were seen searching Loskarn's home Monday morning.

Loskarn remains in custody pending a court hearing expected to be held Thursday at the federal courthouse in Washington, D.C.

Late Wednesday afternoon, Alexander named David Cleary as his new chief of staff. Alexander says Cleary has worked with him for eight years and is well-prepared for the position.

Alexander's office issued this statement on Loskarn's arrest:

"Earlier today, I was informed by the United States Senate legal counsel's office that law enforcement agents were conducting a search of the personal residence of Ryan Loskarn, who has been chief of staff of my Washington, D.C., office, regarding allegations involving child pornography. I am stunned, surprised and disappointed by what I have learned. Based on this information, I immediately placed Mr. Loskarn on administrative leave without pay. The office is fully cooperating with the investigation.

"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."

David Cleary has served as Alexander's legislative director since 2011 and as Republican staff director for the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee since 2012. He has been working with Alexander since 2006.

No details on the allegations against Loskarn have been released. Specific documents related to the case remain sealed.

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