GOP Senator's Top Staffer Hit in Child Porn Inquiry

Lamar Alexander puts Ryan Loskarn on administrative leave

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 11, 2013 11:41 AM CST

(Newser) – Lamar Alexander put his chief of staff on leave today, after police raided his Washington, DC, home in search of child porn. The GOP senator from Tennessee issued a brief statement saying he was "just informed" that police were searching Ryan Loskarn's residence. "I am stunned, surprised, and disappointed by what I have learned," he wrote. "The office is fully cooperating with the investigation."

Loskarn has a long history with Alexander, though he only took the chief of staff job in 2012, Politico reports. He has also worked for and with Jon Kyl, Marsha Blackburn, and Wally Herger, as well as the House Rules Committee as a whole.

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander speaks to reporters in Nashville, Tenn., on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013.   (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)
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